In Australia, several hundred troops are engaged in a massive security operation for Commonwealth leaders from the Asian and Pacific region ho are in Sydney to attend a week long summit meeting.
SV EXT PAN HILTON HOTEL IN SYDNEY
SV INT COMMONWEALTH LEADERS ENTERING CONFERENCE HALL AND TAKING THEIR SEATS (2 SHOTS)
SV AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM FRASER SPEAKING
SV ZOOM OUT PAN COMMONWEALTH LEADERS LISTENING AS AUSTRALIAN GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR ZELMAN COWAN SPEAKS (3 SHOTS)
SV PRIME MINISTER MORAJI DESAI OF INDIA SPEAKING
SV AND GV COMMONWEALTH LEADERS LEAVING CONFERENCE HALL
FRASER "The resources of the State and the Commonwealth will not be spared in seeking to uncover the perpetrators of the crime. This sort of violence is not part of our traditions. And the government and the people of Australia will not tolerate it."
DESAI: "We find today that some countries may have paid to high a price for prosperity, too high a social and moral price. Those of us who are still a long way off from prosperity could avoid some of the mistakes of head long industrialisation which has threatened to pollute the globe, or blow it up into smitherines or consign whole sections of mankind to degradation.
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Background: In Australia, several hundred troops are engaged in a massive security operation for Commonwealth leaders from the Asian and Pacific region ho are in Sydney to attend a week long summit meeting.
The unprecedented security comes in the wake of a fatal bomb blast on Monday (13 February) outside the hotel where the Commonwealth leaders are staying.
The bomb blast, which killed two people and injured nine others, cast a pall over the conference when it opened later in the day.
SYNOPSIS: The atmosphere was sombre as the twelve Asian and Pacific leaders walked slowly to their places beneath a huge conference banner and the massed flags of their countries.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, looking taut and grim, pledged full government resources to track down the terrorists.
The conference finally got underway after being formally opened by the Australian Governor General.
The summit, which is the biggest political gathering in Australia, will last four days.
The leaders, who represent 27 per cent of the world's population will discuss world and regional political trends, international economic issues, cooperation in trade development, energy, and the special problems of smaller states.
The Indian Prime Minister, Moraji Desai underlined one of the main dilemas facing many Commonwealth countries today.
At the same time there is no turning our backs on scientific advance and technology.
What we need, is an infusion of humanism and an awareness of the public good into the scientific (temper)."
Although Australian officials expressed the hope that the conference would provide a better forum for better understanding between the Asian and Pacific countries, Prime Minister Fraser said it would be wrong to expect any spectacular solutions to the problems confronting the twelve nations.