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    The United Nations Secretary General, Dr.

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    GV INTERIOR ZOOM IN TO SV Mrs Gandhi, Dr. Waldheim seating themselves at conference table.

    SV SWAPO leader Sam Nujomo and Cuban Foreign Minister seated.

    GV Conference hall.

    SV Waldheim speaking in English.

    GV & SV Newsmen at press conference of Pakistani Foreign Minister, Agha Shahi. (2 SHOTS)

    SV Mr. Shahi speaking in English.


    WALDHEIM: "Urgent action is required to resolve the differences between Iran and Iraq, so that the conflict and the suffering which it is causing to both peoples, can be brought to an end. Mr special (INDISTINCT) Mr. Olaf Palme, had discussed with the leaders of both countries the principles upon which a peaceful solution could be based. Despite the strong views which each government holds concerning it claims the leaders of both countries have supported the efforts of the United Nations to achieve peace. However, the problem remains exceedingly difficult and complex. I am sure that the support of the Non-Aligned Movement will add an impetus to these efforts to bring the conflict to an end in conformity with the Charter (Of the United Nations) and international law. A somewhat different challenge is presented to the international community by the crisis in Afghanistan, which has caused great tension and anxiety throughout the world community in the past year. The General Assembly has pronounced itself on the principles involved, and the action required. Efforts are now being made to facilitate negotiations among the parties concerned so as to achieve a fair political solution. Any such solution must ensure that Afghan people will be able to determine their own destiny free from foreign intervention and interference.

    AGHA SHANI:"We demand the immediate withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. But we know, as a matter of fact and reality, that these troops have not been withdrawn in spite of similar demands made by the United Nations General Assembly and other international fora. We will be prepared to enter into a dialogue for a political solution on the terms already indicated by me in my address to the Non-Aligned conference, which would bring about a withdrawal of the foreign forces from Afghanistan."

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    Background: The United Nations Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim has told the Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers conference in Delhi that it was urgent to have the Gulf war between Iran and Iraq resolve. Leaders of both countries support United Nations' efforts to achieve peace, he said on Wednesday (11 February). The same day, Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Agha Shahi, told a news conference he was less than optimistic about getting tripartite talks on Afghanistan -- involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran -- under way. Mr. Shahi repeated his demand for the Soviet Union to pull out all its troops immediately. Conference sources said a committee drafting the final communique of the conference would include a call for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and Kampuchea. The Ministers were expected to endorse the committee's document.

    SYNOPSIS: India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, who is hosting the conference, welcomed Dr. Walheim, who had separate meeting with Mr. Shahi and the Afghan Foreign Minister Shah Mohammad Dost. Dr. Waldheim said he was neither pessimistic nor optimistic about getting Pakistan and Iran to talk with Afghanistan. In his address, he voiced his concern about the continuing Gulf war.

    There was a large audience for the news conference of Mr. Shahi, who has been tireless in his efforts to arrange talks on Afghanistan.

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