• Short Summary

    United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, recently paid a four-day visit to East Germany -- his second since the state joined the United Nations six years ago.

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    United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, recently paid a four-day visit to East Germany -- his second since the state joined the United Nations six years ago. The visit followed close on a trip to West Germany, a schedule which diplomats said was aimed at striking a balance between the two countries.

    SYNOPSIS: On the third day of his visit (7 April), Dr. Waldheim called at Communist Party headquarters in East Berlin, where he met Party chief, Mr. Erich Honecker. Third world issues were said to be a major topic of discussion.

    Dr. Waldheim was greeted by Mr. Honecker and other party officials. Although he would not give specific details about their talks, the Secretary General hinted that he had raised the question of political prisoners and human rights infringements in East Germany. He told reporters, however, that it w not be in the interests of those affected to make any public comment.

    Dr. Waldheim said he had always campaigned for human rights but he preferred quiet diplomacy as a means of achieving results in specific cases. After talking about Third World issues with Mr. Honecker, he also repeated appeals for more equal and open trading between developing countries and the industrialised world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD4YJ7IOIOSM1IRTEQ5B708E0F
    Media URN:
    VLVAD4YJ7IOIOSM1IRTEQ5B708E0F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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