Despite some impressive security precautions, a small group of Jewish and Civil Rights demonstrators protested as Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin arrived in Copenhagen today (Thursday) to start a four-day official visit to Denmark.
Despite some impressive security precautions, a small group of Jewish and Civil Rights demonstrators protested as Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin arrived in Copenhagen today (Thursday) to start a four-day official visit to Denmark. But when Danish Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag greeted the Soviet leader at Copenhagen airport, there were also Soviet supporters and flagwavers in the crowd. The tight security followed the attack on Mr. Kosygin during his recent visit to Canada.
The first stop of Mr. Kosygin's schedule was a visit to Copenhagen Memorial Park, where he paid homage to the dead of the Danish resistance movement during World War Two. He was later to have talks with Danish leaders, with discussions on a European security conference topping the agenda.
SYNOPSIS: Despite tight security, fifty Jewish and Civil Rights demonstrators jeered as Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin flew to Copenhagen on Thursday to start a four-day visit to Denmark. Mr. Kosygin, welcomed by Danish Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag, was winding up the Kremlin's 1971 peace programme of travelling diplomacy. The heavy security precautions followed the attack on Mr. Kosygin during his earlier Canada tour and assassination plot rumours in Denmark. In the event, flagwaving Soviet supporters and members of the local Soviet community, outnumbered the demonstrators two-to-one. There were no incidents.
Security of another kind was to top the agenda when the Soviet and Danish leaders met for their first round of talks later on Thursday. The two men discussed the timing and venue for negotiations towards a full European Security Conference--a long-standing Warsaw Pact proposal. They also said they agreed to expand trade and co-operation between their countries.
An initial stop on Mr. Kosygin's schedule was the Copenhagen Memorial Park, where he paid homage to the Danish resistance fighters who died during World War Two. After his four days in Denmark, Mr. Kosygin is to visit Norway-another member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation--where he is expected to have further discussions on the proposed Security Conference. In Copenhagen, the Soviet leader emphasised that the border fighting between India and Pakistan is currently a major cause of concern to the Kremlin. The Soviet Union would do everything possible to prevent a full-scale conflict, he said.