President Carter of the United States and 14 other leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have begun meeting in Washington to map strategy to face the challenge of growing Soviet Military power in Europe at a time of rising tension over Soviet-Cuban penetration of Africa.
GV AND SV: of conference Centre. (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR: officials at table and crowd applauding, President Carter being introduced. (2 shots)
SCU: Carter speaking
GV: crowd applauding
MCU: NATO Secretary General Joseph Lunz speaking.
MCU: President Carter and Chancellor Schmidt walk from conference to limousine
TRANSCRIPT: ANNOUNCER: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States".
SEQ. 3: CARTER: "The Soviet Union and other Warsaw pact countries pose a military threat to our land which far exceeds their legitimate security needs. Our alliance centres on Europe but our vigilance cannot be limited just to that continent. In recent years expanding Soviet power has increasingly penetrated beyond the North Atlantic area. As I speak today the activities of the Soviet Union and Cuba in Africa are preventing individual nations from determining their own future. As members of the world's greatest alliance we cannot be indifferent to these events, because of what they mean for Africa and because of their effect on the long term interests of the alliance itself."
LUNZ: "Both the governments and the people of all the countries of the alliance are becoming increasingly aware of the dangerous nature of the world we live in and understand that the sine qua non of the pursuit of detente is the maintenance of an adequate defence capability."
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Background: President Carter of the United States and 14 other leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have begun meeting in Washington to map strategy to face the challenge of growing Soviet Military power in Europe at a time of rising tension over Soviet-Cuban penetration of Africa.
SYNOPSIS: These were points raised by President Carter on Tuesday (30 May) when opening the conference at the John F. Kennedy Cultural Centre where the Conference is being held.
The Secretary General of NATO, General Joseph Luns also addressed the conference.
Before the opening session, President Carter held private talks with the West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. In front of the conference is a ten point long term defence programme as well as the consideration of several sets of East-West arms control and disarmament negotiations.