13 January 1981*, St 245/14

Secretariat Resolution. Proposals, beginning with December 1980 letter from Ministry of Health, about participation in the Soviet-American conference “Medics against Nuclear War” in Washington D.C. (9 pp). [R 13 January 1981, St 245-14] Excerpt.

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[page one of nine]

Workers of all Lands, Unite!

COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE

[Text along left-hand margin]
Return to the CPSU Central Committee
(General Department, sector 2) within one month of receipt
(Central Committee Resolution of 17 June 1976, St 12/4)

Top Secret

No St 245/14, 13 January 1981

Excerpt from item 14 of Minutes No. 245 of the Central Committee Secretariat

Preparations for the Soviet-American conference
of medics for the prevention of nuclear war (Washington, USA)

1. Instruct the USSR Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Academy of Science, with the participation of Central Committee Departments, to prepare by 5 February 1981 and present to the CPSU Central Committee draft documents for the Soviet delegation to the conference of medics for the prevention of nuclear war (appeals to all the world’s doctors, governments and nations; to the heads of government of the USA and the USSR; a memorandum of the principles of the movement of “Medics for the prevention of nuclear war”).

In February-March 1981 the USSR Ministry of Health is to reach agreement with the American side about the texts of the above-mentioned documents and present them for consideration by the conference.

2. The USSR Ministry of Health is to present proposals agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence as to the composition of the delegation and its instructions.

SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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[page two, see page five]

No. St 245/14, 13 January 1981

Top Secret

RESOLUTION
of the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee

Preparations for the Soviet-American conference
of medics for the prevention of nuclear war (Washington, USA)

1. Instruct the USSR Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Academy of Science, with the partcipation of Central Committee Departments, to prepare by 5 February 1981 and present to the CPSU Central Committee draft documents for the Soviet delegation to the conference of medics for the prevention of nuclear war (appeals to all teh world’s doctors, governments and nations; to the heads of government of the USA and the USSR; a memorandum of the principles of the movement of “Medics for the prevention of nuclear war”).

(Continued …)

Results of voting:
Adopted at the meeting of the CPSU Central Committee, 13 January 1981

Central Committee Secretaries:

Comrade M.A. Suslov – for
Comrade A.P. Kirilenko – for
Comrade K.U. Chernenko – for
Comrade N.S. Gorbachev – for
Comrade B.N. Ponomaryov – for
Comrade I.V. Kapitonov – For
Comrade M.V. Zimyanin – For
Comrade K.V. Rusakov – For

Excerpts to Comrades: Gromyko, Ustinov, Ponomaryov,
Burenkov, Alexandrov, Zamyatin, Trapeznikov, Smirtyukov

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In February-March 1981 the USSR Ministry of Health is to reach agreement with the American side about the texts of the above-mentioned documents and present them for consideration by the conference.

2. The USSR Ministry of Health is to present proposals agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence as to the composition of the delegation and its instructions.

SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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[page four]

Corrections adopted at Secretariat meeting, 13 January 1981, Yermolai

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[page five –
corrected version of Resolution includes the same text, with addition below]

Sent to Comrades: Gromyko, Ustinov, Ponomaryov,
Burenkov, Alexandrov, Zamyatin, Trapeznikov, Smirtyukov

St 1/75, 10 March 1981

Politburo Resolution
No 6/VII, 16 April

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[pages six and seven –
9 January 1981 letter from Central Committee departments about conference]

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[page eight]

Top Secret

USSR Ministry of Health
17 December 1980, No 3457

To the CPSU Central Committee

About preparations for the Soviet-American meeting
“Doctors for Nuclear Disarmament”

In accordance with the decision of the Central Committee in December this year a Soviet delegation led by Academician Chazov and composed of Academicians of the Academy of Medical Sciences L.A. Ilyn and M.I. Kuzin travelled to Geneva.

There it took part in a meeting with American scientists who represent the “Physicians of the World for the Prevention of Nuclear War”. The American delegation was led by Bernard Lown, a well-known professor of cardiology at Harvard (Boston), president of the American movement “Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War”. The delegation included Doctor Eric Chivian, a psychiatrist from Massachusetts University (Boston) and Jim Muller, the secretary of the society.

The meeting was consultative and devoted to a discussion of the possibility of creating an international movement of “Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War”. A memorandum of the principles of this movement was drawn up at this meeting. They are acceptable to us in the main because they are based on the concept of banning nuclear war.

Agreement was reached at the meeting to hold a Soviet-American conference from 19 to 26 March 1981 of medical experts and physicians fighting the prevention of nuclear war. The organiser of the meeting this time will be the American side, which will invite ten noted Soviet physicians and also three specialists in the field of nuclear arms and disarmament to take part in the conference. […]

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It is envisaged that appeals will be adopted at the end of the conference to all doctors in the world, to governments and people of various countries, and also to the Soviet and US heads of state. These appeals will emphasise the terrible consequences for the nations of the world if a nuclear war breaks out, and also call for limitation and prohibition of nuclear arms.

To prepare drafts of our documents we request the necessary instructions to be given to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Defence. It is envisaged that well ahead of the event the delegations will exchange the draft versions of the said documents and conduct a preliminary discussion of them so as to have already agreed texts at the meeting itself.

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Chazov, Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences

Ilyn, Member of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences

Kuzin, Member of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences

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