• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES AND THE SOVIET UNION HAVE BEGUN THEIR IMPORTANT TALKS ON STRATEGIC ARMS LIMITATION.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES AND THE SOVIET UNION HAVE BEGUN THEIR IMPORTANT TALKS ON STRATEGIC ARMS LIMITATION. THE TALKS BEGAN IN HELSINKI TODAY (MONDAY) AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS OF BEHIND-THE-SCENES EFFORTS.

    BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE PROMISED TO DO ALL POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE AGREEMENT ON CURBING THE NUCLEAR ARMS RACE.

    THE TWO DELEGATIONS MET FOR 35 MINUTES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TODAY (MONDAY) AFTER THE TALKS WERE FORMALLY OPENED. THE TWO DELEGATES DISCUSSED PROCEDURAL QUESTIONS IN WHAT A CONFERENCE SPOKESMAN DESCRIBED AS A CORDIAL ATMOSPHERE.

    THEY AGREED TO BEGIN THE MAIN TALKS TOMORROW MORNING (TUESDAY) AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN HELSINKI, AFTER WHICH THE TALKS WILL ALTERNATE BETWEEN THE SOVIET AND U.S EMBASSIES. THE HELSINKI TALKS ARE INTENDED PRIMARILY TO EXPLORE THE PROSPECTS AND DRAW UP THE FRAMEWORK OF LATER SUBSTANTIVE TALKS ON ARMS CONTROL.

    AFTER THE FORMAL OPENING TODAY THE DELEGATES STOOD CHATTING TOGETHER AND EXCHANGING CHAMPAGNE TOAST FOR SOME 20 MINUTES.

    BOTH SIDES ARE UNDERSTOOD TO BE PLEASED AT THE TONE OF THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THE TALKS ARE EXPECTED TO GO ON FOR TWO OR THREE WEEKS. HOWEVER, BOTH SIDES MADE IT CLEAR TODAY THAT LITTLE INFORMATION OF SUBSTANCE WAS LIKELY TO BE DIVULGED ON THE TALKS, WHICH COULD PROVE TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT DISARMAMENT NEGOTIATIONS EVER HELD.

    AT THE FORMAL OPENING IN THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT'S BANQUETING HALL, A MESSAGE WAS READ FROM PRESIDENT NIXON WHICH CALLED THE TALKS MOMENTOUS, AND SAID THEY COULD SIGNAL THE BEGINNING OF A "SUSTAINED EFFORT NOT ONLY TO LIMIT THE BUILD-UP OF STRATEGIC FORCES BUT TO REVERSE IT."
    THE MESSAGE SAID THAT THE U.S. WAS PREPARED FOR NEGOTIATIONS ON CONCRETE ISSUES "AVOIDING POLEMICS AND EXTRANEOUS MATTERS."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD1F6A47T154GUWR8OQPQC7AQI
    Media URN:
    VLVAD1F6A47T154GUWR8OQPQC7AQI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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