Representatives of East and West Europe met again in Vienna today (Thursday, 17 January) in a new effort to negotiate a cut in military forces.
Representatives of East and West Europe met again in Vienna today (Thursday, 17 January) in a new effort to negotiate a cut in military forces. The delegates of 19 countries resumed the delicate negotiations following a five-week Christmas and New Year recess.
First reports suggested that the two sides still have a long way to go before they achieve any real agreement. Western representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) want the first reductions in troops to be limited to United States and Soviet ground units stationed in central Europe. The Warsaw Pact, on the other hand, wants both sides to withdraw 20,000 men by 1975, affecting the nuclear and air forces deployed in II countries, as well as ground units.
One of the few representatives to comment after today's session was Czechoslovakia's chief delegate, Dr. Radoslav Klein, who said that the NATO attitude was illogical. He was referring particularly to the NATO claim that the Warsaw Pact has 150,000 more troops in central Europe than the western alliance. Dr. Klein said that these claims were "artificial", and that the present ratio of forces provide a basis for stability in central Europe.