The 35-nation Security Summit in Helsinki, the largest conference of its kind ever held in Europe, ended tonight (August 1) with government leaders signing a formal pledge to push towards world peace and stability.
GV Heads of state and photographers at summit
SV Ford signing document (2 shots)
SV Giscard signing
SV Wilson signing (2 shots)
SV Brezhnev signing
SV Tito signing
GV and SV audience applauds (3 shots)
SV President Ford speaking
TRANSCRIPT: FORD: SEQ 8: "To the countries of the east, the United States considers that the principles on which this conference has agreed are a part of the great heritage of European civilisation, which we all hold in trust for all mankind. To my country, they are not cliches or empty phrases. We take this work land these words very seriously. We will spare no effort to ease tension, and to solve problems between us. But it is important that you recognise the deep devotion of the American people and their government, to human rights and freedom, and thus to the pledges that this conference has made regarding the freer movement of people, ideas, information."
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Background: The 35-nation Security Summit in Helsinki, the largest conference of its kind ever held in Europe, ended tonight (August 1) with government leaders signing a formal pledge to push towards world peace and stability.
During the closing ??nasion , the 35 delegation heads sat together to sign the declaration, which recognises the post war political state of Europe and the inviolability of borders.
Earlier, speaker after speaker had called for the nations of Europe and the World to translate the words of the document into peaceful deeds.
Among them was President Ford of the United States, who promised to show flexibility in seeking ways to end military confrontation in Europe. But he warned that he expected the Warsaw Pact nations to adhere to the spirit of the agreement, as well as to its actual statements:
SYNOPSIS: The thirty-five nation Security Summit in Helsinki -- the largest conference of its kind ever held in Europe -- reaches its climax on Friday as government leaders pledged themselves to seek progress towards peace and stability. President Ford of the Unites States was among the thirty-five delegation leaders signing the agreement.
So was president Giscard d'Estaing of France. The thirty-thousand word document sets forth the principles of future cooperation and detente. It recognises the postwar boundaries of Europe and the inviolability of present borders.
For Britain, Prime Minister Harold Wilson was the signatory. For three days, speaker after speaker at the summit called for nations to translate peaceful words into peaceful deeds.
Soviet Party leader Leonid Brezhnev had spoken the previous day, and vowed that the Kremlin would work hard for detente and would scrupulously observe the provisions of the declaration. He'd added that a priority in soviet policy is now to overcome the deadlock over mutual troop reductions in Europe.
The last of the heads of state to sign the agreement was President Tito of Yugoslavia--the only World War Two leader at the summit.
Earlier in the day, the delegates had given an ovation to President Ford when he promised a flexible approach towards ending the confrontation in Europe....but warned the Eastern bloc to stick to the spirit of the agreement.