ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BREZHNEV VISIT-Calling All Hands

November 24, 1973 BREZHNEV VISIT Calling All Hands M R IT would be hardly surprising if the Asian collective security plan, mooted by Leonid Brezhnev in June 1969, dominates his talks with Indira Gandhi in New Delhi this month end. A major Soviet diplomatic offensive to push the plan through, with India as its kingpin may be in the offing. The pace for the offensive has been set. The leader of the Soviet delegation to the Asian peace conference in Dacca earlier this year renewed the campaign for the dormant plan, followed by a similar call by Brezhnev himself in September. A spirited CPI campaign to pressure the Indian government synchronised with the World Congress of Peace Forces late in October in Moscow. A massive Indian delegation of 210 to the conference was led by a high functionary of the Congress, Chandrajit Yadav, and included about 50 MPs, many of them from the ruling party. The Indian participants played a vital role in the commission on Asia. A Bangladesh minister headed this commission. The communique of the Moscow Congress devoted a whole section to Asian collective security and identified the quick entry of the Republic of Bangladesh in the UN, the complete normalisation of the situation in South Asia, and the transformation of the Indian Ocean into a "zone of peace" as the important elements in Asian security

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