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Gromyko's Speech at the
Gromyko's Speech at the UN
The foreign minister's speech yesterday was notable for its flat condemnation of the fedayeen actions in Munich. It was much stronger and more authoritative than any of the comments that have been made by Soviet officials and media since the incident early this montheptember Soviet Developments). Gromyko's language is all the more surprising in that only last Saturday the Soviets and their allies abstained en bloc as the General Assembly voted to accept the secretariat's request that the issue of terrorism be placed on the fall agenda.
Moscow must have decided that to duck the topic in this forum would have been counter-productive in terms of its over-all objectives at this session. Soviet hopes for widespread support for another UNGA resolution condemning Israeli occupation of Arab territories could hardly come to fruitionlear statement for the record that Moscow does not condone terrorism. In any case/ Gromyko'sthat terrorist actions are not part of the "just struggle" of the Palestinian people since they "served no positive ends and caused loss of humanchoed the line taken privately by the Soviets with fedayeen leaders well before Munich. That the whole subjectost sensitive one for Moscow is made clear by the fact that both the Russian and English language TASS summaries of the speech avoid even an oblique reference to Gromyko's remarks on Munich.
His statements probably also reflect the deep concern Moscow has shown for the safety of itsin New York this fall. Gromykooint of noting that the USSR opposesmatter ofall acts that disrupt the diplomatic activity of states and the normal course of internationaland meetings.
Gromyko's remarks yesterday on Indochina were somewhat harsher than the USSR's recent publicbut this was probably dictated by the forum and by the Soviet desire not to be outdone by the Chinese, who have not yet spoken. GromykoUS bombing and the mining of North Vietnamese ports and disparaged the difference between US words and deeds on Indochina. He ended, however, with the usual pleaegotiated settlement and reaffirmed "full" Soviet support for the "constructive" proposals put forth by the Vietnamese Communists.
The Soviets have not publicly acknowledged the promises of support reportedly given by Premier Kosygin and President Podgorny in their meetings with the North Vietnamese ambassador on Monday and Tuesday. uller account of these meetingsthat both men had promised to back North"until complete victory." Podgorny reportedly added that the USSR "highly valued" recent SouthCommunist victories and felt their newproposals were "very fair andoviet media have noted only that the two men had met with the ambassador andarm and friendly