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New Soviet Negotiator Says in Geneva He Hopes For Success

January 14, 1987

GENEVA (AP) _ The newly appointed chief Soviet negotiator said today he hopes for success in the next round of superpower arms talks, which open Thursday, but refused to disclose whether Moscow will offer new proposals.

″That I’ll say first to Mr. Kampelman,″ Yuli Vorontsov told reporters covering his arrival at Geneva airport.

U.S. chief negotiator Max Kampelman said today in Geneva that ″the next significant move″ in the talks, now nearly two years old, must come from the Soviets.

Asked about the Soviets’ goals, Vorontsov said: ″Success, naturally.″

Kampelman said earlier there are ″opportunities for progress″ in common ground developed at last year’s summit in Iceland and the previous round of Geneva talks, which were the sixth since negotiations began in March 1985.

Vorontsov, a deputy foreign minister, was officially named Tuesday to replace Viktor Karpov, who headed the Soviet delegation since talks began on strategic, medium-range and space weapons.

In Moscow, Tass news agency reported that U.S. Ambassador Arthur Hartman met Communist Party foreign affairs secretary Anatoly Dobrynin for a discussion on the Geneva arms talks.

It said the meeting, requested by Hartman, took place today.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Jaroslav Verner, however, said the two men met Tuesday. Verner would give no details of the meeting. He said it was part of a regular exchange Hartman has with Soviet government and party officials.

At a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Petrovsky said that by elevating the level of its negotiating team at Geneva, ″We (the Soviets) felt it was necessary to do everything possible for this round to mark a turning point, to make the talks more dynamic.″

A U.S. spokesman, Joe Johnson, meanwhile said today that the United States and Soviet Union have begun negotiations in Geneva on establishing centers in each other’s capitals aimed at reducing the risk of accidental nuclear war.

He said negotiators held a one-day meeting Tuesday, then recessed without setting a date for resuming the talks. Jonson said the substance of the negotiations would remain confidential.

Heading the U.S. team were Richard Perle, an assistant defense secretary, and Robert Linhard, a special assistant to President Reagan, Johnson said. The Soviet side was headed by Alexei Obukhov, who is also deputy head of the Soviet delegation to the separate U.S.-Soviet arms reduction talks in Geneva.

The two sides hope to reach an accord on establishing centers in Washington and Moscow that would trade increased levels of military and arms control information, thereby lowering the risk of accidental nuclear war, Johnson said.

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