An unscheduled get-together of Common Market leaders in British Prime Minister's James Callaghan's drawing room delayed the opening of their formal summit meeting in London on Wednesday (29 June).
GV EXTERIOR Demonstrators in Whitehall at entrance to Downing Street protesting against British membership of European Economic Community. (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR No. 10 Downing Street.
LV ZOOM IN TO GV European ministers seated in garden.
SV British Prime Minister James Callaghan seated with Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, Mr. Liam Cosgrave of Ireland, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt of West Germany.
CU President Valery Giscard D'Estaing of France PAN TO Danish Prime Minister Anker Jorgensen, Dutch Prime Minister, Joop Penuyl President of EEC Commission, Mr. Roy Jenkins, and Luxembourg Prime Minister, Gaston Thorn.
GV Schmidt, Callaghan, Cosgrave and Tindemans seated ZOOM OUT TO LV group seated around table.
GV Giscard D'Estaing talking PAN TO Luxembourg leader Thorn talking to Den Uyl and Jenkins with back to camera PAN TO other leaders.
LV Leaders talking.
Earlier, a group of anti-common market demonstrators had gathered at the entrance to Downing Street in Whitehall. The small crowd carried posters and banners calling for British withdrawal from the community and an end to proposed direct elections to the European parliament.
The community leaders were expected to discuss topics ranging from the economic situation inside the community to outside issues such as the Middle East and Africa. On foreign affairs, according to diplomatic sources, the summit leaders were expected to warn Mr. Menachem Begin, the new Israeli Prime Minister, that they would not back his tough stand on a possible Arab-Israeli settlement. Community foreign ministers also meeting in London also discussed the Middle East.
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Background: An unscheduled get-together of Common Market leaders in British Prime Minister's James Callaghan's drawing room delayed the opening of their formal summit meeting in London on Wednesday (29 June). The leaders of the nine European Economic Community (EEC) countries and Mr. Roy Jenkins, the British President of the community's executive commission, met without their advisers after a luncheon given by Mr. Callaghan at 10 Downing Street, his official residence. The first spell as President of the EEC Council. The six month presidency ends on June the 30th when Belgium takes over.
The nuclear fusion programme, known as JET (Joint the European Torus) would supply unlimited energy in the early part of next century. Most of the basic research was carried out at Culham, near Oxford. On the foreign affairs front, the community leaders were said to be likely to issue a statement on the Middle East which would be close to the line adopted by President Jimmy Carter of the United States. Mr. Carter wants Israel to withdraw from occupied Arab territories as part of a durable Middle East peace settlement.
SYNOPSIS: The leaders' private talks were aimed at resolving a long drawn-out controversy over the creation of a 165 million dollar (GBP100 million Sterling) nuclear fusion project for the common market countries. Britain wants it sited near Oxford, in England, while West Germany wants it at Garching in Bavaria.