INTRODUCTION: The American Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, met at the United Nations on Wednesday (23 September) in the office of the United States ambassador to the U.N. They will meet again next Monday (28 September).
GV U.S. mission at the United Nations
GV & SV Haig arriving with officials for talks (2 shots)
GV & SV Gromyko and aides including Dobrynin arriving, greeted by State Department official (2 shots)
GV UN. building
SV Police on guard
CV Claude Cheysson speaking with reporters listening
BELL: "The meeting was held at the United States mission, and the follow-up on Monday will be at the Soviet mission. Today's was the first meeting ever between the two men, on an agenda to include the entire range of disagreements between them from arms control to Afghanistan."
"The Soviet Foreign Minister, arriving slightly late, was attended by unusually heavy security, as well as his American experts, including the veteran ambassador to Washington, Mr. Dobrynin. They were met at the door, not by Mr. Haig, but by a senior State Department official, another sign of the rift between the two countries, a relationship emphasised by the harshness of recent speeches."
"There was a comment on this from the French Foreign Minister, Claude Cheysson:"
SEQ. 6: CLAUDE CHEYSSON: "The question was, How do I feel about General Haig's and Mr. Gromyko's statements? Although when one heard the statements, one would be tempted to say Mr. Haig and General Gromyko. But that's another matter."
BELL: "But it was more than a matter of tone, he said, it was a matter of facts."
CHEYSSON: "And I am afraid the facts are there. Soviet troops are in Afghanistan. Armaments, new types of armaments have been deployed, in large quantities, and at a very fast speed in Europe, and they have started changing the nature of the balance between East and West. These are the facts."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The American Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, met at the United Nations on Wednesday (23 September) in the office of the United States ambassador to the U.N. They will meet again next Monday (28 September). A wide range of issues including negotiations on arms control in Europe, the Polish situation, and Afghanistan were on the agenda. It is the first time high level Soviet-American talks have taken place since the election of the Reagan administration last year, and it followed a series of bitter exchanges between the two countries. Martin Bell of the BBC reports: