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).
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.