1st August, 1975 : Two years of negotiation between the West and the Soviet Bloc reached a climax in Helsinki today, with the leaders of 35 European countries, plus the US and Canada, signing the final pact on security and cooperation.

The 30,000-word pact recognises Europe’s post-war boundaries and, by implication, Moscow’s hegemony in Eastern Europe. In return, the West has secured from the Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, a pledge to uphold human rights and the free movement of people and ideas across frontiers. Delegates will meet again in 1977.

About Avadoro Worden

This entry was posted in Communism, History and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>