Trudeau urges peace program


MONTREAL -- Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, fresh from meetings with European leaders, unveiled a four-point peace program Sunday highlighted by a proposed negotiating forum for the world's five nuclear powers.

Trudeau also urged a balance in conventional forces in Europe, a strengthening of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and a ban on the testing and deployment of anti-satellite systems.


The proposed negotiating forum would involve Britain, France, China, the United States and the Soviet Union, he said, without detailing exactly what form it would take.

Its creation would 'provide a mutually-acceptable and stable framework for the relationship between the forces of the other three states and those of the superpowers,' Trudeau said.

It would also recognize the rights of the United States and the Soviet Union as strategic equals -- the 'inevitable parity' between them, he said.

The prime minister's comments came in a speech to about 2,000 delegates at a meeting of the Quebec wing of the federal Liberal Party.

He had returned to Ottawa late Friday after a whirlwind, six-nation European pilgrimage for peace. He travels to Japan next Saturday to meet with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone on his way to the Commonwealth heads of Government meeting in New Delhi Nov. 22-29.


Trudeau focused on the need to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, signed by some 119 countries.

'If the five nuclear weapons states could begin to strengthen their side of the non-proliferation bargain, then the rest of us could more easily bring good sense to bear on those who have not yet signed on,' he said.

He urged the five nuclear giants to ban the testing and deployment of anti-satellite systems designed to operate at a high altitude.

'Such weapons could attack the global communications which are of critical importance for crisis management,' he said.

Trudeau said he reached a 'consensus in general terms' on his peace proposals with European leaders and said in addition to ongoing consultation with the United States, he had also initiated talks with the Soviet Union and China.

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