Comecon -- the Soviet bloc's economic association -- ended a four-day meeting in Prague with the signing of a protocol which stressed the progress in economic integration that had been made recently.
Comecon -- the Soviet bloc's economic association -- ended a four-day meeting in Prague with the signing of a protocol which stressed the progress in economic integration that had been made recently. It was signed by delegation chiefs of the nine member states and Yugoslavia, which has observer-status.
The Prime Ministers of seven of the members, (the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria and Mongolia) attended the meeting. The others (East Germany, Cuba and Yugoslavia) were represented by deputy Premiers.
Cuba joined Comecon last year. It's delegation is headed by Senor Carlos Rafeal Rodriguez, Minister of Science and Technology.
The Protocol stressed the widening of cooperation in the field of economic planning, fuel and power and raw materials. The integration programme is aimed at coordinating economic affords on a multi-national basis. It allocates industrial responsibilities to countries that are judged most suitable for certain types of production, thus raising efficiency and avoiding wasteful duplication.
In a communique issued after the summit, the Comecon members noted that conditions were ripening for cooperation with non-communist nations in Europe. The communique also called for increased multilateral cooperation in efforts to protect the environment and to ensure rational exploitation of natural resources.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Premier, Mr. Kosygin, was one of seven premiers at the meeting of the nine members.