Rumanian Prime Minister Ion Gheorghe Maurer arrived in Bonn on Monday (22 June) for a five-day visit, the first communist head of government to come to the West German capital officially.
GV Guard of honour at airport
LV Maurer comes down steps
CU Guard of honour
LV Maurer greeted by Willy Brandt
CU Army officer saluting
SV Maurer & Brandt face guard of honour (2 shots)
SV Maurer & Brandt inspect guard of honour (3 shots)
SV Two leaders walk
CU Brandt & Maurer chatting (3 shots)
CU Maurer & Brandt shaking hands
SV Two leaders board helicopter
GV Helicopter takes off and away.
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Background: Rumanian Prime Minister Ion Gheorghe Maurer arrived in Bonn on Monday (22 June) for a five-day visit, the first communist head of government to come to the West German capital officially.
As Mr. Maurer stepped from his special aircraft, he was greeted by Chancellor Willy Brandt. Later they stood side by side as the two national anthems were played and then they inspected a guard of honour from the West German army.
The two leaders flew in an army helicopter to the Rhineside chancellery where they held their talks. Their meeting came just before the West Germans open serious talks with the Soviet Union on a non-aggression pact.
Informed sources said the two leaders aired their differing views on a European Security Conference which the Warsaw Pact countries have suggested While Bucharest wants such a conference to get underway as soon as possible Bonn says some progress has to be made first in the Governments efforts to reach non-aggression pacts with Moscow, Warsaw, and East Berlin.
Another obvious point of disagreement between the two countries is their views on the status of East Germany. While Bonn is willing to recognise East Germany as a separate state within the German nation, Rumania supports East Berlin's demand for full diplomatic recognition.
Herr Brandt also expressed West Germany's sympathy with Rumanians suffering after recent floods that devastated wide stretches of land and left thousands homeless.