#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – Nov.26 – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is discussing plans to hold a conference similar to the summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, in 1975, which stopped the cold war and restored ties between the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe, the Izvestia newspaper has reported.
‘The Helsinki summit in 1975 stopped the cold war and restored ties between the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe ‘
The idea of convening a new Helsinki forum may be announced in early December at the foreign ministers’ meeting of the OSCE member-states in Switzerland’s Basel, the report says, citing diplomatic sources.
Russia’s EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov, told the newspaper “this idea (signing of new agreement on security and cooperation in Europe – TASS) may take particular shapes” on December 4-5 during the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel. “This is now being discussed as part of the OSCE,” he said.
The diplomat confirmed that the draft concept of such an agreement, Helsinki plus 40, already exists and could be adopted during the OSCE chairmanship of a country, which has friendly relations with Russia.
In 1975, 35 states, including the US, Canada, and most European states, signed the Helsinki Accords, also known as the Helsinki Final Act, in an effort to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West and secure their common acceptance of the post-World War II status quo in Europe.