Helsinki Accords

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Helsinki Accords

A 1975 international agreement that dramatically reduced tensions between the United States and allies and Soviet bloc nations. The Accords effectively recognized Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe in exchange for assurances that the Soviet Union would improve its human rights record. Canada, the United States and all European countries except Andorra and Albania signed the Helsinki Accords. It was seen as a first step toward improved Soviet-Western relations.
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The OSCE could play a pivotal role, serving, like the Helsinki conference 40 years ago, as a platform to overcome the existing divide, restore trust and rebuild a cooperative approach to common security concerns.
23) Civil society groups interested in the welfare of these migrant workers could be called on to participate in dialogues about the MEWMDFZ and even to request observer status at the proposed Helsinki conference.
Other hazards likely to occupy participants of the Helsinki conference emanate from the ubiquitous threats of theft and smuggling of nuclear materials, political radicalism, religious extremism, corruption and the direct transfer of WMD stocks by besieged governments to their proxy armies abroad.
The first discusses the major significant moments in the final six decades of the Romanian dramatic history including: the Helsinki Conference, the Romanian participation, the evolution of the communist block in the years 1970, the international relations and the peculiar contribution of Pope John Paul II, the role of the civil society, the religious liberty and the regime of cults before 1989.
In pouring rain but all night light, the Helsinki conference heard mixed messages.
A decisive turning point that ultimately led to the end of the Cold War was the Helsinki Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe from 1973 to '75, in which all parties of the East-West conflict were invited to the table and all issues were put on the table with enough time to address them in depth.
Complete coverage of the Helsinki conference will appear in the June issue of Information Today.
Despite the efforts, made by the Arab countries over the last five years to lobby for Helsinki Conference on a Middle East WMD-free zone, the region is far away for being declared free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Last week, Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh said that Iran will attend the Helsinki conference only if the Zionist regime joins the NPT.
But human rights and the rule of law began to re-emerge as a theme of Western policy, especially in the wake of the Helsinki Conference on European Security and Cooperation and its use by the American administration of President Jimmy Carter, as well as by numerous non-governmental advocates protesting the treatment of Soviet dissidents.
A conference similar to the Helsinki conference, which was so important in ending the Cold War, should be held, leading to an Organization for Security and Cooperation in East Asia.
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