The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and his colleagues from Britain, France?
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and his colleagues from Britain, France and West Germany, stressed the importance they attach to the security of West Berlin, which they consider an essential element of East-West detente.
The four ministers were speaking after a 75-minute breakfast meeting at the French Foreign Ministry on Wednesday (28 May).
The meeting, between Dr. kissinger, British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan, French Foreign Minister Jean Sauvagnargues and West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dieter Genscher, replaced the four-power dinner traditionally held during North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) ministerial meetings.
The four ministers are in Paris for discussions on energy and economic issues before going to the NATO summit in Brussels.
The four powers are concerned about recent behaviour of the Soviet Union and this was why they emphasised that West Berlin was an essential part of detente.
Examples given were that the West German Government had difficulty with the Soviet authorities and other East European countries in negotiations over West Berlin's participation in exhibitions and the inclusion of West Berlin delegates in trade missions and cultural activities.
Later, at a session of the OECD energy conference, Dr. Kissinger urged industrial and oil-producing countries to provide new help for the Third World.
He said that, to finance aid, the United States supported the idea of a special trust of up to 2-thousand-million dollars (840 million pounds Sterling) in idle gold held by the International Monetary Fund.
This could be supplemented by contributions, especially from oil producers.
Dr. Kissinger said America wanted to foster co-operation and goodwill in relations between industrialised and developing countries.