United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has had a private audience with the Pope during a two-day visit to Italy.
United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has had a private audience with the Pope during a two-day visit to Italy. Mr. Waldheim also held talks with senior government officials, including Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Waldheim arrived in the Vatican City on Saturday (9 July), on the second leg of his European tour.
He was greeted by Pope Paul, who told him the Vatican hoped U.N. resolutions would always be aimed at helping those people worst affected by misery, hunger, injustice or ill-treatment. During the audience in his private library, the Pope added that he hoped U.N. member states would not be guided by egoism, nationalism or interests based solely on economic principles. Mr. Waldheim arrived in Rome from Paris, the first stop of his tour.
Before meeting Pope Paul he was guest of honour at a dinner given by the Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Later he held talks with Foreign Minister, Arnaldo Forlani. Source sin the Foreign Ministry said Mr .Waldheim was not very optimistic about hopes for peace.
But apparently he does not believe chances for a resumption of the Geneva conference on the Middle East are "irreparably jeopardised". As well as exchanging gifts with Mr. Waldheim the Pope also gave presents to the ladies in the U.N. party. After his visit to Italy, Mr. Waldheim was going on to Vienna for the next stop on his tour.