Following is the text of a statement, made in English, today by Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko:
For two days the U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and I had conversations in accordance with the agreement reached previously. The conversation addressed acute problems concerning cessation of the arms race and removal of the threat of nuclear war. The Soviet side particularly stressed the importance of preventing the militarization of outer space.
Certainly, since all these problems drastically affect Soviet-U.S. relations, that question received due attention during all conversations, for the entire world knows well that the situation in the world as a whole largely depends on the state of Soviet-U.S. relations.
There is no need to speak at length that the talks were not simple. However, a certain step has been made in establishing a dialogue between our two countries, which is attested to by the joint Soviet-U.S. statement. What is to be noted in this connection? This is but a step compared to the immense tasks which are to be addressed in the course of the negotiations on space and nuclear arms and are to be achieved through agreed solutions.
The Soviet Union is prepared to go its part of the road. I should like to express the hope that the United States will do the same. In other words, it will go its part of the road fully aware of the responsibility shared by the two great powers.
The Soviet side, as has been repeatedly stressed by the general secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU Communist Party of the Soviet Union , chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R., Konstantin U. Chernenko, remains as before, committed to disarmament, to removal of the threat of nuclear war, and to peace.
I wish to thank the Swiss government for its hospitality. I also express our gratitude to the authorities and the people of Geneva.