Foreign Ministers of the enlarged European Common Market (EEC) decided on broad guidelines on foreign policy at a two-day meeting at The Hague on Monday and Tuesday (20 and 21 November).
Foreign Ministers of the enlarged European Common Market (EEC) decided on broad guidelines on foreign policy at a two-day meeting at The Hague on Monday and Tuesday (20 and 21 November). The Hague talks were largely a preparation for the European security conference among eastern and western countries starting in Helsinki on Wednesday (22 November).
All counties except West Germany were represented by Foreign Ministers. West Germany's Foreign Minister, Walter Scheel, was involved in the recent West German elections, so a State Secretary for Foreign Affairs represented him.
The nine EEC countries approved two reports at The Hague meetings. One of them governed a general approach to the Helsinki talks among countries of both East And West Europe. The other was on economic aspects of Common Market cooperation.
The foreign ministers also discussed the Middle East situation and agreed that efforts would be made to reach a common standpoint on United Nations resolutions regarding the Middle East conflict.
The decision on the approach to the helsinki talks was in broad terms only. Ministers recognised there would be a need for frequent consultations on details among the EEC members' representatives at the conference. The Common Market representatives at Helsinki are to maintain a flexible attitude in the early stages of the security talks and each side will be free to raise any issue in the preparatory stages.