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.
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.