The Soviet First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Vasilij Kuznetzof, has been given an appeal for constructive contributions from the Foreign Ministers attending next week's Belgrade Conference on East-West detente in Europe.
GV Mr Alexej Shitikov speaking to Mr Vasilij Kuznetzof Soviet First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, as officials listen, Moscow
CU Kuznetzof listening
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CU Kuznetzof listening PULL OUT TO GV Shitikov handing over documents and shaking hands - officials applaud
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Background: The Soviet First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Vasilij Kuznetzof, has been given an appeal for constructive contributions from the Foreign Ministers attending next week's Belgrade Conference on East-West detente in Europe. The meeting is the sequel to the 1975 Helsinki conference on security and co-operation in Europe -- which was the biggest diplomatic gathering in European history. It will review overall progress since the Helsinki declaration, which was aimed at easing East-West tension.
SYNOPSIS: The appeal was handed over in Moscow by Mr Alexej Shitikov, President of the Soviet Committee on European Security and Co-operation. Representatives of 35 nations will attend the conference, which is expected to last until the end of the year. The threat of a potential clash over human rights violations looms in the background.
The Soviets claim they're carrying into practice all the articles in the Helsinki Act. But senior Western diplomats have been closely watching the record of East European countries in implementing the human rights provisions.
The Western diplomats stress that they want to avoid a slanging match with the Soviet Union over human rights violations which could jeopardise detente.
The main question is how hard the United States will press on humanitarian issues, and how sensitive the Soviet Union will prove to be.