Nato and Warsaw Pact countries began complex negotiations on troop reductions in Central Europe in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Tuesday (October 30th).
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MV Delegates enter hall
SV U.S. Delegates
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SV Russian Delegates (O.N. Chlestov)
SV American delegate and others
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Background: Nato and Warsaw Pact countries began complex negotiations on troop reductions in Central Europe in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Tuesday (October 30th).
Nineteen nations -- 12 from Nato, and 7 from the Communist Warsaw Pact -- are involved in what they call "Negotiations on mutual reduction of forces and armaments and associated measures in Central Europe." The talks -- first proposed by Nato five years ago -- represent a milestone in the process of East-West astente, and could become a diplomatic ???n, lasting several years.
Nato officials stressed that the western nations entered the talks with a united front, unaffected by the tensions between the United States and some Nato partners over the Middle East conflict. They described the western position as "a joint allied enterprise in which the Allies pursue a common position."
The United States delegation is led by Stanley Resor, a former Army Secretary, while the Soviet delegation is headed by Oleg Khlestov, chief of the Legal Department at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. Mr. Khlestov appealed for a "constructive approach" on his arrival in Vienna, and said Russia attached great importance to detente.
Nato officials said the main goals of the Western allies were undiminished security for the Western alliance; a reduction of the Soviet military presence in Central Europe; and a limitation of the military capabilities of the Warsaw Pact which is said to have a two to one advantage over Nato in the number of tanks deployed in Central Europe.
The negotiators met in Vienna's modern Kongresshaus, which they will use as a temporary conference centre until permanent accommodation is made available in three months time at the city's old Hofburg Palace.