In his State-of-the-Nation address to Congress on Saturday (September 1st), Mexican President Luis Echeverria called for national solidarity in the wake of the recent earthquake which left an estimated 800 dead, thousands injured and homeless...
GV exterior Mexican Congress buildings.
SV people waving Echeveria banners
GTV Echeveria enters congress to applause.
SV Ortoli applauding
GV and SV Echeveria speaking (Spanish SOF)
MV Canadian trade Minister St Pierre Guy
CU Minister Huang Aua listening.
Cu Mr. Bennett Claude, Canadian Trade and Tourism Minister.
CU Ortoli listening
SV pull back to GV Echeveria speaking and applause (3 shots)
GTV Echeveria leaving to applause.
Exterior Congress building and President Echeverriia entering; M. Ortoli and various guests form Canada and People's Republic listening as Migner Echeverria speaks; President Echeverria leaving congress to applause.
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Background: In his State-of-the-Nation address to Congress on Saturday (September 1st), Mexican President Luis Echeverria called for national solidarity in the wake of the recent earthquake which left an estimated 800 dead, thousands injured and homeless...and many towns and villages in ruins.
European Common Market (EEC) Commission President Francois-Xavier Ortoli was amongst the guests of honour who heard the Mexican leader tell his people they should reject 'useless lament' and get on with the job of reconstruction.
SYNOPSIS: Saturday was the day Mexican Congress heard the State-of-the-Nation annual report and address by Mexico's President, Luis Echeverria. And amongst the special guests of honour to greet Signor Echeverria was Doctor Ortoli, president of the European Common Market Commission. The Mexican Leader was to speak on many issues.. in particular the recent tragic earth-quake, in which eight-hundred died, thousands wore injured and left homeless, and several towns were demolished.
Amongst the other guests were Canadian Trade Minister St. Pierre Guy, Mr. Huang Hua, an observer form the People's Republic of China, and Mr. Dennett Claude, Canadian Trade and Tourism Minister. Together with Mr. Ortoli, they gave the congress assembly a truly international feel.
President Echeverria called for National Solidarity in the wake of the earthquake, pointing out Mexico was not unaccustomed to such disasters. He urged the Nation to reject 'useless lament' and to get on with the job of reconstruction. While he spore, relief teams were breaking through to stricken and isolated villages in the mountains of Vera Cruz.
It was an address which earned a good reception from Congress and its visitors...