Archive for Friday, November 17, 1989

BANQUET SCHEDULED FOR SOVIET DELEGATION

November 17, 1989

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A five-member Soviet trade delegation will arrive in Lawrence Saturday on the last stop of a tour, in which they visited Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, Mo.

The Soviet business leaders on tour represent Vnesheconom Service, a Soviet chamber of commerce group.

The tour is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Lawrence-based Corporation for Soviet-American Enterprise, and included a meeting Thursday with Gov. Mike Hayden in Topeka.

Members of the tour include Vladimir Obelensky, general director of the state foreign economic committee, and Yuri Kovalenka, general director of Primodessa-Film.

In Lawrence, the delegation will be joined by two members of the group who have been visiting other American cities. They will attend a farewell dinner Sunday night at the Lawrence Holidome beginning with a reception at 6 p.m.

The banquet also will serve as a kickoff for a planned "Meeting for Peace" to be held in Lawrence Oct. 8-14, 1990, according to a news release from the Meeting for Peace Foundation and the Corporation for Soviet-American Enterprise.

Organizers of the Meeting for Peace hope to have 1,000 Soviet citizens meet with 1,000 Americans in Lawrence as part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Centennial celebration. Among items to be discussed during the banquet Sunday are plans to provide housing for Soviets during the week of meetings next year.

The Soviet delegation also will visit a number of Lawrence churches Sunday morning.

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