LUXEMBOURG, 1973 GV INTERIOR Mr. Gaston Thorn, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, enters conference room and sits down for talks with Mr. Andrei Gromyko, Soviet Union's Foreign Minister (4 shots)
JERUSALEM, 1980 SV INTERIOR Cameramen, Mr. Thorn greeted by Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and seated talking at conference table (3 shots)
DAMASCUS, 1980 SV INTERIOR ZOOM TO Abdel Halim Khaddam, Syrian Foreign Minister and Mr.Khaddam speaking to Mr. Thorn ( 2 shots)
GV ZOOM TO SV Mr. Thorn and Syrian President Hafez al Assad seated talking (2 shots)
AMMAN, JORDAN, 1980 SV Gaston Thorn with delegation and Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan El Gaseim walk across tarmac
SVs INTERIOR Mr. Thorn talking with Jordan's Foreign Minister in airport lounge (3 shots)
CAIRO, 1980 Cu Mr. Thorn speaks to newsmen in English
BRUSSELS, 1980 SV EEC flags at window
SV ZOOM TO CU Gaston Thorn and Brazilian Foreign Minister Ramiro Guerreiro and EEC Commission Vice-President Wilhelm Haferkamp signing trading pact between Brazil and EEC (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: THORN: "Well I must say, now coming to the end of this trip, that I found a positive reaction, in most of the countries--nearly in all of the countries, Of course, we're (indistinct) the answers, and that's and important factor, that all the Arab nations for instance thought that Europe should play a greater role, specially at certain moments when it could be of some help. We're now coming to the type of initiatives the European Community could play, then of course there are (indistinct) and even sometimes contradictions, as you'd imagine, when you go from one country to another."
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Background: Mr. Gaston Thorn of Luxembourg--the new President of the European Economic Community Commission--takes up his duties on January the fifth. Mr. Thorn resigned in November as his country's Foreign Minister after 11 years in the government. during that time he was also Prime Minister and Minister for Sport. Mr. Thorn, who is Chairman of the EEC commissions' Council of Ministers, succeeds Mr. Roy Jenkins as a head of the Commission. He describes himself as a man who speaks his mind. And Mr. Thorn says he will continue to do so as President of the Commission even though it may not always please those in high places.
SYNOPSIS: Gaston Thorn has been an influential statesman in a small country. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has a population of only 350,000 people. But the EEC's new President, here meeting in 1973 with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, has looked beyond its borders towards a broader European union, both economically and politically.
In last July and early August 1980, Mr. Thorn toured the Middle ease, exploring the role Europe might play in furthering a comprehensive peace settlement there. The reception from Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin was nt encouraging. Essentially, Mr. Begin told Mr. Thorn to use his influence in keeping Europe out of any future talks.
The Middle East tour included talks here in Damascus, with Syria's leaders. Once again, the natural optimism of Mr. Thorn could have been frustrated by the complexities bred from decades of Middle Eastern confrontation and diplomatic expediency. The delegation led by Mr. Thorn had extensive discussions with Syria's foreign Minister Abdel Halim khaddam. Syria, along with a number of other hardline Aran states, had criticised the EEC's declaration on the Mideast issue at its Venice summit in June. It was then described as an attempt to bolter the regionally-despised Camp David peace process between Israel and Egypt. In this talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, Mr. Thorn found little to indicate any change in attitude.
But Mr. Thorn was to find a more heartening atmosphere in Jordan, where the reception from Foreign Minister Marwan El Gaseim reflected a hope for the further, rather than disillusionment with the past. In April, King Hussein had called on the European Community to launch a peace initiative as soon as possible, to save the Middle East from what he described as "a state of confusion, turmoil and growing anger".
Mr. Thorn's summing up of Europe's Middle Eastern initiative after frequent rebuffs, mirrors his spirit of hope -- a quality he's expected to transfer into his new role in the EEC. He has been the strength behind many of the European Community's programmes, including this treaty EEC in September. With the EEC accepting Greece as a new member and facing a financial crisis in 1981, the qualities of practical optimism will be indispensable to Europe' trade and cohesion.