It was a wet, cold, misty day that greeted Soviet Premier Khrushchev as he arrived in the 'Baltika' off the shores of New York, Sept 19, for his visit to the 15th session of the U.
It was a wet, cold, misty day that greeted Soviet Premier Khrushchev as he arrived in the 'Baltika' off the shores of New York, Sept 19, for his visit to the 15th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
The first sight of the 'Baltika' for VISNEWS was from the decks of the boat chartered by the New York Longshoremen of the ILA (International Longshoremen's Association) who have refused to assist the docking of the 'Baltika' or the handling of any material it carries. 'Khrushchev not Welcome Here' was the slogan the ILA used as they demonstrated from the decks of the boat kept from the 'Baltika's' sides by an escort of police tugs. Police helicopters flew overhead, and a carrier was 'standing by'.
After an all night search and guard by the New York City Police, pier 73 was opened at dawn to newsmen who had to carry a Soviet accreditation to get inside the dilapidated shed where the 'Baltika' passengers alighted. Tugs were used to ease the 'Baltika' against the pier, a gangplank was lowered, and Premier Khrushchev and his party stepped ashore. First off were Security officers - Khrushchev himself stepped off at 9.47 a.m., bareheaded in the heavy rain which, despite hurried repairs carried out at Soviet expense, still managed to penetrate the roof and drench waiting newsmen.
In a speech made on the pier after landing Khrushchev said the prime world question is "the problem of general and complete disarmament under the appropriate strict international control."
He was followed at the microphone by Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, Party Secretary of Rumania.