United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived in Stockholm on Sunday (4 June) for the U.N.?
MV INT. PAN Swedish P.M. & Waldheim enter room
SCU Waldheim speaks
I am aware of the situation, a number of efforts were made, to overcome the difficulties, apparently until now, it was not possible to achieve this, but of course, I still hope that perhaps in the last minute, some way out of this dilemma will be found. But of course, that not all the countries are participating because pollution doesn't stop at borders and they're very much interested in a positive outcome of this conference But ladies and gentlemen, I may be permitted to add, that we should not expect that all problems in connection with human environment can be solved during this one conference. What I am hoping for is that we lay the ground for international -- wider international agreements. But I think that we have all reason to be confident that it will be possible to lay the ground for reasonable international agreements.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived in Stockholm on Sunday (4 June) for the U.N. Environment Conference and said he still hoped the threatened boycott by the Soviet Bloc could be averted. Herr Waldheim flew to the Swedish capital from New York.
Although efforts to bring Russia and her East European allies to the conference had so far been unsuccessful, he told a press conference that he hoped that a last-minute way out of the dilemma could still be found.
The Soviet Union and her allies have been refusing to attend the conference because East Germany cannot, under U.N. rules, take part as a full participant. Although the East Germans have been offered observer status, they haven't wished to take part in any way other than as full participants.
Herr Waldheim said that the Soviet Union had recently told him it wouldn't attend "under the present oiroumet???", but he added that he was confident that the Russians would attend if the East German problem could be salved.
The Secretary-General also said he hoped the conference would lay the foundation for future international agreements. With Mr Waldheim as he spoke at Stockholm's airport was Swedish Prime Minister Palmo.
The Environment Conference opens officially on Monday (5 June), but actually begins working on Tuesday (6 June). It's to be attended by 1,200 delegates from 109 countries.
SYNOPSIS: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim spoke to reporters at Stockholm Airport on Sunday when he arrived for the U.N. Environment Conference. With him when he met the press was Swedish Prime Minister Palme. Herr Waldheim spoke about the threatened Soviet Bloc boycott over East German participation.