In Belgrade, senior diplomats from 35 countries attended the opening meeting on Wednesday (15 June) of the European Conference on Security and Co-operation.
In Belgrade, senior diplomats from 35 countries attended the opening meeting on Wednesday (15 June) of the European Conference on Security and Co-operation. Delegates from all European countries except Albania, plus the Unit ed States of America, Canada and the Vatican are attending the conference, which is reviewing the implementation of the Helsinki Agreement on European security, signed at the first such conference in Helsinki, Finland, in 1975.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting is being held in a new conference centre near the Sdava River in Belgrade. The new centre was built by t he Yugoslav government at a cost of 35 million dollars (GBP20 million Sterling). More than 200 diplomats gathers in Belgrade on Wednesday for the opening session. They're preparing the way for a fullscale conference later this year. The diplomats are mostly concerned with working out procedure for the later meeting.
One of the main topics for discussion in human rights, with the United States leading a campaign to ensure t he spread of fundamental human rights such as freedom of speech. President Jimmy Carter has pledged himself to continue a determined world-wide human rights campaign. The Soviet Union, however, has said that such policies could ruin progress in relaxing east-west tensions.
Yugoslav Foreign Secretary Milos Minis, in an address to the opening meeting, called for a constructive and positive approach, good-will and consistency in fulfilling obligations undertaken at Helsinki. He said he hoped there would be no setbacks or serious delays.