Representatives of 12 socialist parties today (Sunday) discussed European security and the Middle East crisis at a one-day Socialist International conference in Vienna.
GV & CU Conference building Kahlenberg Hotel
SOF BEGINS Wehner
CU Mr. Paasio (former P.M. Finland)
CU Mr. Ferri (Italy - Gen. Secretary)
SV & CU Mr. Allon (Israel) with Gislason (Iceland)
CU Erlander (P.M. of Sweden)
SV George Brown arriving PAN to Mr. Marek (Austria making opening speech)
SV Delegates applaud
CU Austrian party chairman Dr. Kreisky speech
GV PAN Conference (silent)
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Background: Representatives of 12 socialist parties today (Sunday) discussed European security and the Middle East crisis at a one-day Socialist International conference in Vienna.
Among those attending the 10th conference of socialist party leaders at the Kahlenberg Hotel were Mr. Tage Erlander, the Premier of Sweden; Mr. George Brown, Deputy Leader of the British Labour Party; Mr. Yigal Allon, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Mr. Herbert Wehner, the West German Minister of All German Affairs.
Others participating in the conference were former Finnish Prime Minister Mr. Rafael Passio, Chairman of the Finnish Socialist Party, and Mr. Mauro Ferri, General Secretary of the Italian Socialist Party.
Iceland's Trade and Education Minister, Dr. Gyfli Gislason, was also present. Dr. Gislason is Chairman of the Icelandic Socialist Party.
The conference was opened with a speech by Vienna's Socialist Mayor, Mr. Bruno Marek.
Dr. Bruno Kreisky, Chairman of the Austrian Socialist Party, then welcomed the delegates. In his speech, he deplored General de Gaulle's "stubbornness" which he said had paralysed progress towards European integration.
The Socialist International is an international association of 51 Democratic Socialist parties. All together, the parties are reported to have a membership of over 15 million people, and to command the support of more than 70 million voters. A third of the parties are said to be governing their respective countries, either solely or in coallition.
The purpose of the Socialist International, as defined in their statutes, is "to strengthen relations between affiliated parties and to co-ordinate their political attitude by consent". Among the principles by which the International is guided, according to their Declaration adopted in Frankfurt in 1951, are political, economic, social and international democracy, as well as cultural progress.