Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact countries took part in their first Summit meeting for more than a year in the Czechoslovakian capital, Prague, on Tuesday and Wednesday, (25th and 26 Jan.).
Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact countries took part in their first Summit meeting for more than a year in the Czechoslovakian capital, Prague, on Tuesday and Wednesday, (25th and 26 Jan.). This official film from the first day's activities, was supplied by Czech Television.
Most important result expected to come out of the conference, according to Reuter quoting East European diplomatic circles, is some new initiative on the Soviet idea of an all-European Security Conference.
Official information detailing what was discussed throughout the conference has not yet been released.
SYNOPSIS: Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact States meeting in the Czech capital Prague would up a two-day summit meeting on Wednesday, when they signed the final documents, according to the official News Agency. So far the only world on the subject matter of the conference was a sparsely-worded communique issued after the first day, saying it had dealt with 'topical problems of peace and security and co-operation in Europe'. Reuter reports however that three documents are expected later--a communique,a declaration, and a statement on Vietnam.
The declarations expected to deal with the goal, long-cherished by Mr. Brezhnev and Mr. Kosygin of the Soviet Union, of calling an all-European Security Conference as soon as possible. Now that the recent Berlin agreements have removed a major obstacle towards the holding of such a conference, the seven Warsaw Pact states--the Soviet Union, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, East Germany and Rumania, are widely expected to produce a new initiative toward it.
East Europeans also believe the delegates are virtually certain to have dealt with other topical problems, such as the position of the people's Republic of China now it has returned to the International Community.
On China and on the Middle East Rumania takes an independent line however, and this might have caused discussion to be limited in the plenary session. Rumania were represented by Mr. Ceaucescu, Mr. Maurer, and Mr.Manescu.
East bloc sources, quoted by Reuter, say the military leaders at the conference were expected to press Rumania to take a more active role in the Pact's military affairs.