Publication: The Times

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  • Title Reagan invites allies for pre-summit talks
  • Author Binyon, Michael
  • Publication Title The Times
  • Collection The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008
  • Date Tuesday,  Oct. 1, 1985
  • Issue Number 62257
  • Page Number 1
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Times Newspapers Limited
  • Copyright Statement © Times Newspapers Limited.
Reagan invites allies for pre-summit talks From Michael Binyon. Washineton The White HoUse announced yesterday that President Reagan has invited America's leading allics to lunch in. New York next 'month to discuss his forthicoming summit meeting with Mr Mikhail Gorbachov, the Soviet leader, in Geneva. The President has asked fellow leaders from the sevennation economic summit group -I the US. Canada, Britain. F-rance, West Germany, Italy and Japan - to meet him in New York on October 24, the day he is due to address the United Nations on its 40th anniversary session. "He attaches great importance to close consultations with our frienids and allies in preparing. for his November mneeting with General Secretary Ciorbachov," a State Department announcement said. "He wishes to share his personal views with other heads and to 'oenefit from their counsel and suggestions as to how best to pursue our common interests." The most difficult issue will inevitably be the United States bargaining position on arms control and. in particular. Mr Reagan's publicly expressed refusal to place limits on the research and development of his controversial strategic defence initiative (SDI). France, which Mr Gorbachov will visit this week, has categoricallv rejected participation in SDI research. And although Britain and West Germanv are on the point of signing a framework agreement of participation, the latest Soviet offer of a 50 per cent reduction in strategic weapons if SDI is curtailed could be attractive to Western public opinion.. The European aliies will press Mr Reagan to continue seeking areement with the Russians on reducing intermediate nuclear forces at the Geneva arms control negotiations. Mr Reagan also wants to discuss with Mr Gorbachov the world's trouble spots, human rights and bilateral relations, and hie will be seeking backing on his positions from his Westem allies. LOiNDONt A spokesman for Mrs Thatcher said last n'ZL5ht that it was too early to say whether she would be able to attend the New Yorkn meeting or not. A decision will be made later this week (Nicholas Ashford writes). Mrs Thatcher has The closest personal rclationship with President Reagan of all Westcrn leaders and he is known to pay particular attention to her views on arms control matters. The Prime Minister will clcarly welcome the opportunity to help shape the American position for the summit. BONN: The West German Chancellor, Herr Helmut Kohl, would be an cnthusiastic participant in the proposed meeting (Frank Johnson writes). The Bonn Governmeht does not want to annoy the United States by depicting itself as some sort of mediator between Mr Reagan and Mr Gorbachov. But Herr Kohl does seem anxious to give the impression that he is helping to bring the two sides to an agreemetL PARIS: The Elysee Palace press office said last night that it had no knowledge of any letter inviting President Mittcrrand to the meeting in New York. It could makc no comment on M Mitterrand's reaction should such an invitation be received (Diana Geddes writes). Russians deliver arms proposals The process of explaining new Soviet proposals for "deep cuts" in the superpowers' nuclear arsenals was started at a 40-minute meeting yesterday between their arms negotiators (Alan McGregor writes from Geneva). The chief Russian delegate, Mr Viktor Karpov. is understood to have handed a written presentation to his American counterpart, Mr Max Kampelman, and to have eiilarged on a number of points. Before the talks yesterday Mr Kampelman, asked whether he had not received a fairly clear idea over the past few days what the Soviet offer contained, said: "As a matter of fact, it is not as clear as one might think... I don't yet know the details." Hc hoped that, this time, there was rcal substance. When thc Soviet delegatc was asked whether the offecr would pcrmit progress he said: "Let's hope so, but it takes two for talks. Our proposals are directed at drastic solutions on all the problems we are negotiating on., Photograph, page 7