Group Goes to Leningrad to Conduct Foreign Affairs Seminar
NEW YORK (AP) _ An American study group arrived in Leningrad on Sunday for a conference with Soviet officials that was postponed several days because of the arrest of American journalist Nicholas Daniloff, an airline official said.
The 264-member group left from Dulles International Airport near Washington and landed at 2:20 a.m. Leningrad time (6:20 p.m. EDT Saturday), said Pan American World Airways spokesman James A. Arey in New York.
The group had planned to leave Sept. 11, but delayed until Daniloff, a correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, was released from a Soviet prison. Daniloff, now in the custody of the U.S. embassy in Moscow, has been charged with espionage and is not permitted to leave the Soviet Union.
The conference, called the Chautauqua Conference on U.S.-Soviet Relations, will be conducted before an audience of 2,000 people under terms worked out by the private Chataqua Institution.
The meeting, beginning Monday in Riga, Latvia, will consist of public seminars and discussions with leading Soviet officials, journalists and other public figures.
Among U.S. officials scheduled to take part are Mark Palmer, the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Alan Keyes, an assistant secretary of state, and Jack Matlock, a senior Soviet expert on the National Security Council staff.
John Wallach, a reporter for Hearst Newspapers and director of the conference, said the participants would raise the Daniloff issue, and would speak out at the conference on Soviet violations of human rights.
The Chautauqua Institution counts as its members a variety of American academics concerned with international relations, Washington-based diplomats and prominent businessmen.