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Page 12-Friday, May 5, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Brezhnev urges disarmament

BONN, West Germany (AP) - Soviet
President Leonid Brezhnev began his
long-delayed visit to West Germany
yesterday by calling for world renun-
ciation of neutron weapons and
renewed efforts toward disarmament.
Human rights activists and German
rightists held demonstrations against
his visit.
IN A DINNER speech last night, the
Soviet leader said his country would do
all it can to ensure world peace and that
all nations should renounce "new
systems of mass destruction weapons"
such as the neutron bomb, which has
been developed, but not deployed, by
the United States.
Brezhnev called for "real steps to
limit armed forces and armaments on a
world scale and in Europe, particularly
Central Europe.
"Let us agree to renounce the produc-
tion and the stationing of new systems
of mass destruction weapons," he said.
"By binding, mutual agreements, we
exclude the possibility that the neutron
weapon, which they want to present the
peoples of our continent like an ominous
Greek gift, will see the light of day."
designed to produce twice the radiation
of a conventional nuclear bomb but less
than a tenth as much explosive power,

heat and fallout. This means the bomb
could kill people while causing little
damage to buildings.
The Soviet leader said world peace
"must be fought for" and that "detente
must be deepened persistently and
made irreversible."
He said there are millions in the West
(Continued from Page 3)
Moro on March 16, said it would spare
Moro's life if 13 captured members of
their group were released from prison.
BUT JUST TWO days ago the
Christian Democratic Party, Italy's
leading political force, said the gover-
nment would consider some form of
"generosity and clemency" for some
imprisoned members of the Red
Brigades if the group would release
Moro and refrain from further terrorist
But even in light of the "explosive"
situation which might ensue as a result
of Moro's death, it was Lagorio's
opinion that the Red Brigades would not
benefit by killing him. If the Red
Brigades could profit from Moro's
death they would have done it at the.

who "genuinely wish for a firm peace
and for good cooperation with the
Soviet Union and other countries of the
socialist community.
"BUT WE ALSO know that in the
West generally, but also in your coun-
try, there are those who oppose deten-

te," he said. "Some of them think that
fear and ill-will against the Soviet
Union and other socialist countries
should be part of their national policy
even at the risk of a new war. Others
are mistaken, it seems, in believing the
words of those who presuppose ill inten-
tions the Soviet Union does not have."

explains Italian crisis

beginning of the affair, Lagorio asser-
Lagorio defined the Red Brigades as
"a breed of fish that can only exist
where the waters of social despair are
plenty." He added they could not sur-
vive "if the condition of life in Italy
would improve in the near future."
THE SOURCE OF the Red Brigades
financial support is not known, accor-
ding to Lagorio. Their intentions,
reasons, and cause is not clear either,
he said. "We don't know who they are."
Lagorio said it was impossible to
gauge the.Italian people's sympathy for
the Red Brigades. "But all political
' parties are against them," he delcared.
Even many leftists, including the
Communist Party, "have taken their
distance from the Red Brigades."
The ultra-leftist Brigades may at-
tract sympathy from "some intellec-
tuals," said Lagorio. But these people,
like the French, use "intellectual
terrorism" to force reforms in the
government, he said.
ACCORDING TO Lagorio, the recent
rash of terrorism to hit all Europe,
especially Italy, has indirectly benefit-
ted his own Socialist Party.
Lagorio, a director in the party, said

the people who are unhappy with the
state of affairs in Italy have been tur-
ning away from the Christian
In light of the alternative - the com-
paratively radical Communist Party,
which is the second strongest party in
Italy - Lagorio said, "we (the Social
ists) are likely to gain." In Italy's mos
recent national election the Socialist,
garnered about four million votes
about 10per cent of the total.
LAGORIO SAID his main purpose in
coming to the U.S. was to compare the
new regional style of government,
established only seven years ago in his
country, with the tried and tested
American version. He said he also
came to exchange ideas about political
events in Italy and the rest of the world.
The reason for Lagorio's side trip to
Ann Arbor was "to visit with the center
of social research (ISR)," which, he
said, is well-known throughout Europe
and especially in Italy.
About 83,000 students enrolled in
undergraduate courses in U.S. col-
leges are over 55 years old, reports
the Census Bureau.

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