Though Franco-Soviet summit talks at a Black Sea resort made little progress towards agreement over European security, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and French President Georges Pompidou did discuss a new initiative to aid peace in the Middle East.
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Background: Though Franco-Soviet summit talks at a Black Sea resort made little progress towards agreement over European security, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and French President Georges Pompidou did discuss a new initiative to aid peace in the Middle East.
President Pompidou arrived int eh Soviet Union on Tuesday (12 March), for his third informal meeting with Mr. Brezhnev in the last 14 months. Mr. Pompidou, looking fitter than he has done recently, was warmly greeted at the Black Sea city of Sochi by Mr. Brezhnev.
The two leaders then travelled about 38 miles (60 kms) to the resort of Pitsunda for two days of talks. Top of the agenda was the European Security Conference. Though both leaders agreed that progress towards a European detente was too slow and risked getting bogged down in details, Mr. Brezhnev failed to persuade President Pompidou of the need for a broad 35-nation summit conference to round off the eight-month old security negotiations. The French leader told newsmen at the end of the talks that he preferred to wait to see what progress was made at the second stage of the Security Conference.
This week's summit took place at a time of a new deterioration in relations between France and the other super-power, the Untied States. French officials had indicated that this would also be subject of discussion during the Black Sea talks, but M. Pompidou refused to divulge any of the details.
A new initiative on the Middle East reportedly came from Mr. Brezhnev. He told M. Pompidou that he would like France to join in guaranteeing a Middle East peace settlement. He suggested that France should take part in the final stage of the Middle East peace conference at Geneva, where the Untied states and Soviet Union are the only non-Middle East states represented.
The communique issued at the end of the talks declared that the meeting confirmed traditional Franco-Soviet friendship. Both leaders had already agreed that progress towards Franco-Soviet understanding was being achieved at "great speed".