United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, speaking on July 6 to the 35-nation European Disarmament Conference in Stockholm, called upon East and West to reduce both their military spending and the risk of war in Europe.
1. SV UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, accompanied by officials, arriving. 0.25
2. SV Newsmen waiting at entrance to conference hall. 0.27
3. SV Perez de Cuellar addressing conference. (SOT) 0.56
4. SV Soviet Ambassador Oleg Grinevsky walking and surrounded by newsmen. (2 SHOTS) 1.10
5. SCU Grinevsky speaking. (SOT) 2.03
TRANSCRIPT: PEREZ DE CUELLAR: (SEQ 3)"The degree of confidence and security which prevails among the nations gathered here can affect the destiny of the world. I would call upon all participants, participating countries, and in particular the major powers, for their influence could well be decisive, to study objectively, in the summer recess, how the proposals, which have been exchanged, can be brought into constructive accord."
GRINEVSKY: (SEQ 5)"It seems to me that some kind of (indistinct) are bound to surround this question. They don't want to discuss political questions. They want just to discuss only the questions of military natures and they just want to exploit the situation."
REPORTER: "What's gotta be changed for you to accept those working groups?"
GRINEVSKY: "First of all, it's necessary to have these questions put by the (indistinct) delegation during the discussion. First of all, it is necessary to clarify, for example, how you consider, compare group A with group B and C, you will see that it is necessary more exactly to say what group A will do and how group A will do it."
REPORTER: "Do you think it's possible to get an agreement by September when you start again?"
GRINEVSKY:I don't see any principal difficulties here (indistinct) if all parties from the (indistinct) are ready.
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Background: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, speaking on July 6 to the 35-nation European Disarmament Conference in Stockholm, called upon East and West to reduce both their military spending and the risk of war in Europe. He said the current expenditure was costly and precarious, and that security could be attained at less cost. The disarmament conference which began in January will close for two months. It ended its second ten-week session without agreement on a framework of negotiations after a Swedish plan on setting up working groups was rejected by the Warsaw Pact states. Perez de Cuellar said agreement on a comprehensive set of security measures would improve prospects for further disarmament talks. Reuters reported the conference was stalled over disagreements between East and West about what it should be discussing. NATO (North Atlantic Organisation) countries wanted to discuss specifics, such as notification of military exercises and exchanges of observers, while the East wanted talks on general issues, like non-use of force and non-first use of nuclear weapons. Soviet delegate Oleg Grinevsky said he could see no principal objection to agreements on the proposals resuming the conference.