Former West German chancellor Willy Brandt, on a three-day visit to India, said on Thursday (22 December) that his new independent commission on international issues would not be misused by governments of industrialised nations a pretext for delaying decisions.
SV & CU: Former West German chancellor Brandt lays wreath on Gandhi memorial. (THREE SHOTS)
GV: Party leave memorial.
SV: Newsmen in Foreign Minister Vajpayee's house.
SV & CU: Mr. Brandt talks with Mr. Vajpayee. (TWO SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR: Prime Minister Moraji Desai's residence.
SV & CU: Brandt and Desai seated talking. (TWO SHOTS)
Herr Brandt left New Delhi on Friday (23 December) for Mauritius, and was seen off at the airport by Industries Minister George Fernandes.
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Background: Former West German chancellor Willy Brandt, on a three-day visit to India, said on Thursday (22 December) that his new independent commission on international issues would not be misused by governments of industrialised nations a pretext for delaying decisions. He told reporters in the Indian capital of New Delhi that there had been some concern about this in developing countries. But there was not the slightest indication that it might happen.
SYNOPSIS: Among the first things Herr Brandt did in New Delhi was to place a wreath at Raj Ghat, the memorial to Father of the Nations. Mahatma Gandhi.
The main purpose of the former chancellor's visit was to meet India's new leaders, who came to power last March after defeating Mrs. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party in the General Elections, and to explain the aims of his commission.
Among others, he met Foreign Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Herr Brandt, is chairman of the commission whose aim is to make suggestions for solving conflicts between industrialised and developing countries. He said he hoped it would be possible to discover areas of common interest instead of going on with quarrels at international meetings.
Herr Brandt, who also called on Prime Minister Moraji Desai, said the commission's object was not to preempt the decisions of governments and authorised international organisations. It was to supplement their efforts by assisting in finding possible new solutions, and creating a better climate for speedy decisions.