Brandt, visiting USSR, told of aims for Afghan pullout
The Soviet Union wants to see a political solution in Afghanistan that includes security guarantees for that country. A spokesman for visiting former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt said the Soviet position was set out during talks he held with candidate Politburo member Boris Ponomaryov and another Kremlin foreign affairs expert, Vadim Zaglyadin.
They made clear that Moscow would accept a negotiated settlement that barred all intervention in Afghanistan from Iranian and Pakistani territory and guaranteed the country's nonaligned status, he said. A third condition is that the security of the Soviet border must be ensured.
The Moscow position statement is seen as an important signal in advance of a visit next week by the British foreign secretary, Lord Carrington, who will explain a new Western initiative aimed at sec uring a pullout of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.