Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact countries wound up their summit meeting on Wednesday (January 26) with a call for the reduction of troop levels in Europe.
Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact countries wound up their summit meeting on Wednesday (January 26) with a call for the reduction of troop levels in Europe. The meeting in Prague ended with delegations signing a statement that urged that the numbers of foreign troops stationed in Europe should be reduced, as well as the level of the armies of individual countries. Black-and-white coverage of the signing of the communique, which also called for speedy progress towards a European security conference, comes for Czechoslovak Television.
SYNOPSIS: In Prague, leaders from the seven Warsaw Pact countries wound up their summit meeting on Wednesday. Bulgarian Party chief Todor Zhivkov adds his signature to the final communique, which called for a significant reduction in troop levels throughout Europe.
Next to sign--the Hungarian delegation. The leasers agreed that the reduction in troop levels should affect both foreign forces stationed in Europe, and the national armies of individual countries. This, they felt, would correspond to the interests of strengthening European security. Much of the communique was devoted to a call for speedy progress towards an all-European security conference. In view of the improved relations in Europe--including the new Berlin treaty and West Germany's agreements with Poland and the Soviet Union--Warsaw Pact leaders felt circumstances were more favourable for convening a security conference--and that it could happen during 1972.
The idea of troop reductions came in to prominence last May, when Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev called for negotiations for a cut in military levels. Wednesday's communique urged the creation of a permanent body of all interested states to undertake consistent work for European security. Negotiations at a security conference would be aimed at peaceful coexistence, recognition of borders, general co-operation towards disarmament and the removal of artificial barriers and discrimination.