The 35 nation European Security Conference, being held in the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade, adjourned on Thursday (22 December) after meeting for eleven weeks.
The 35 nation European Security Conference, being held in the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade, adjourned on Thursday (22 December) after meeting for eleven weeks. The conference will reconvene on 17 January when further tough bargaining is expected between East and West on the key issue of human rights.
SYNOPSIS: Belgrade's new Sava Centre is the venue for the conference, which is a follow-up to the talks at Helsinki two years ago.
The Helsinki gathering set the tone for the present talks which centred on discussing Eastern Europe's record in carrying out its pledges over human rights. During that discussion there were many bitter exchanges.
Most were between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Soviet Union accused the United States of trying to turn the conference into a propaganda forum. But the U.S. delegateS countered this by saying a discussion of human rights in the Eastern bloc was relevant.
Despite Soviet attempts to open other areas of discussion, human rights will still be on the agenda when the delegates return early in the new year. Among the 100 proposals still to be considered is a Western paper strongly criticising the Soviet bloc's alleged harassment of political dissidents, its restriction on emigration, and its policies on the release of new information.
Returning delegates will also have the task of drawing up a document assessing how countries have lived up to the Helsinki agreements on military detente and economic cooperation.