The United States expressed disappointment on Thursday (21 February) at what it considered European foot dragging on President Carter's Olympics boycott.
GV Elysee Palais in Paris
SV ZOOM INTO CU French Foreign Minister Jean Francois-Poncet and United States Foreign Secretary Cyrus Vance talking
SV Newsmen taking photographs, as doors of room are closed (2 shots)
GV AND SV (MUTE) Scenes of Mr. Vance down steps of aircraft at London's Heathrow airport, being greeted by British officials (2 shots)
SV Vance at microphone
CU Vance speaking
VANCE: "I have found the discussions during the past two days to be very useful. I find, in all the stops that I've made, a general agreement on the nature of the threat, and the general objectives, which all of us have, in seeking to deal with the Afghanistan problem. There are differences of opinion, with respect to specific actions, in how to carry out, and implement the reaching of the objectives. But this is the purpose of consultation, and that's why we're meeting all together. And I have found it useful, and we will continue to pursue the consultations."
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Background: The United States expressed disappointment on Thursday (21 February) at what it considered European foot dragging on President Carter's Olympics boycott. Washington was also concerned over the European Common Market's (EEC) suggested neutrality for Afghanistan, fearing that it could become a substitute for strong allied support for U.S. reprisals against the Soviet Union. Foreign Secretary Cyrus Vance arrived in London on Thursday (21 February) for talks with British Foreign Minister Lord Carrington, after a similar meeting with France's Foreign Minister, Jean Francois-Poncet. Mr. Vance was making a four-nation European tour to Rome, Bonn, Paris and London.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, after a reportedly cool welcome at the airport, Mr. Vance met Monsieur Francois-Poncet at the Elysee Palace. Diplomatic sources said France had blocked a move by the EEC Foreign Ministers on Tuesday (19 February) to recommend a boycott of the Moscow Olympics. West Germany had said it would delay a firm decision. Mr. Vance was expected to ask France to restrict her sales of high technology goods to the Soviet Union.
Mr. Vance described his five hours of talks in Paris as "very useful and open", but there were disagreements to be tackled at a later date.
After apparently making little headway in wooing the French, Mr. Vance arrived in London to a warmer welcome. Britain is the only EEC Community member to have called publicly for a boycott of the Olympic Games, and Lord Carrington's suggestion for a neutral Afghanistan came a week after President Carter had raised the idea. Mr. Vance spoke to newsmen after meeting with Lord Carrington.