In the Soviet Union, President Leonid Brezhnev's first public speech for three months ranged through such diverse subjects as the Camp David summit, harvest forecasts and internal censorship.
In the Soviet Union, President Leonid Brezhnev's first public speech for three months ranged through such diverse subjects as the Camp David summit, harvest forecasts and internal censorship. Mr. Brezhnev spoke on Friday (22 September) in Baku, and the capital of Soviet Azerbaidzhan, where he had gone to present an award for the city's achievements.
SYNOPSIS: Baku's which is beside the Caspian Sea, is a centre for ship building and oil refining and export. Inside the conference hall, Mr. Brezhnev was to present the Order of Lenin, the Soviet Union's highest decoration, for the city's services in the general revolutionary movement and economic achievements.
As general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Mr. Brezhnev received loud applause. Observers said he looked better than he had done of late, but showed the difficulty in speaking that had raised speculations about his health.
With his speech coming days after announcement of the new Israeli-Egyptian agreements at Camp David, Mr. Brezhnev was fiercely critical of them. He denounced the summit as a deal worked out behind the backs of the Arabs, which could not bring about Middle East peace. Such peace, he said, could only be achieved through total liberation of all lands the israelis occupied in 1967, and allowing Palestinians to create their own independent state.