European communists began a long-postponed summit conference in East Berlin on Tuesday (29 June) with the Soviet Union pledging to accept diversity in a movement once rigidly controlled by the Kremlin.
GV Delegates seated in conference room.
SV & GV Delegates (3 shots)
SV East German head of Communist Party Erich Honecker (light suit and glasses).
SV French Communist Party head Georees Marchais (no glasses)
SV PAN FROM Enrico Berlinguer (Italy) on left TO Tito of Yugoslavia (white suit)
SV PAN FROM Alvare Cunhal (Portugal) (thick white hair no glasses)
SV Lenold Brezhnev of USSR (centre)
SV Gustav Husak (Czechoslovakia) (Centre)
GV Conference in progress
Initials VS 20.20
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Background: European communists began a long-postponed summit conference in East Berlin on Tuesday (29 June) with the Soviet Union pledging to accept diversity in a movement once rigidly controlled by the Kremlin.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first big international communist conference for nine years ??? was made possible when the Soviet Union agreed to drop demands that it should still be recognised as the leading centre of communism. It also accepted proposals for a free discussion based on the full independence of every communist party. The conference had also been delayed because of major differences between the Soviet party and the independent parties of Yugoslavia, Romania and western Europe.
The conference opened with a speech of welcome to more than a hundred delegates free 28 countries by East German party chief Erich Honecker. Many key communists atten??? including Georges Marchais of France, Enrico Berlinguer ??? did well in last week's Italian elections, and Yugoslavia's President ??? at his first communist conference since he was expelled from the Soviet ??? for ideological heresy is 1948. Alvaro Cunhal of Portugal and President Nicolae ???eauseseu of ??? were also there.
Shortly after the conference opened Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev made an impassioned attack on the United States and accused it of holding back in negotiations on a new agreement limiting strategic arms. In doing so he sought to shift the emphasis of the two-day conference away from party differences to peace and security, which he define as a primary communist goal in Europe.