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Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Documents from the years 1968 to 1976 on the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), which concluded with the signing of the Helsinki Final Act on August 1, 1975. The collection contains memorandums, minutes of conversations, and reports from the Political Archives of the German Foreign Office (GDR) translated into English. Topics discussed include European security issues; Warsaw Pact countries’ interests and goals; and the Soviet Union's policy to maintain control over the Eastern Bloc. Some documents refer to conversations between East and West German representatives and relations between the two countries.(Image, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Immanuel Giel)

  • February 26, 1968

    Proposals for Further Measures Concerning European Security

    A description of the level of support for the West German government's ''Ostpolitik'' in various Western European countries

  • April 26, 1968

    Current Essential questions in the Soviet Union's Politics of Ensuring European Security

    A copy of a memorandum entitled "current essential questions in the Soviet Union's Politics of Ensuring European Security" submitted by the GDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs' director of the Soviet Union Department to the directors of the West German and West European Departments for comment. The document outlines Soviet policy and goals towards West Germany and Western Europe in early 1968.

  • October 10, 1969

    Working Material for the Preparation of a European Security Conference

    An analysis written by the GDR's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the respective positions of European socialist states, socialist states in general, and NATO and other capitalist European states, on the organization of a European security conference, as well as guidance for carrying out the CSCE negotiations based upon an analysis of each side's perceived strengths and weaknesses

  • October 20, 1970

    Attitudes and Measures of the Warsaw Treaty States for Convening a Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1970-1971

    An analysis of the Warsaw Pact states' interests and goals in the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe negotiations, including discussion of the military, territorial, economic, cultural, and scientific-technical aspects of the negotiations.

  • September 25, 1971

    Factor Analysis Concerning the State of Preparation for a European Security Conference

    A description and analysis of the United States' position on the European Security Conference as perceived by the GDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • October 18, 1972

    About Some Current Questions Concerning the Multilateral Preparations for the European Security Conference

    An update on the progress of the pre-CSCE agenda negotiations

  • November 22, 1972

    Notes about a Conversation with the USSR's Ambassador, Comrade Malzev, on 22 November 1972

    Memorandum of Conversation between East German officials and the Soviet ambassador to Finland on the subject of the seating arrangements and participant designations for the upcoming CSCE conference

  • July, 1973

    Possible Ideas for the Introduction of a Submission in the Politburo

    A report on Stage I of the CSCE prepared for the SED Politburo.

  • July 03, 1973

    Notes on a conversation between the GDR and FRG Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Otto Winzer and Walter Scheel, on 3 July 1973

    Notes on a conversation between the GDR and FRG foreign ministers on inter-German relations and the CSCE negotiations.

  • July 07, 1973

    Notes of a Conversation between Comrade Winzer and the Foreign Minister of the FRG, Walter Scheel, on 7 July 1973, 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Finlandia Hall

    Notes of a conversation between GDR and FRG foreign ministers discussing their first meeting and future relations between the GDR and FRG.

  • July 23, 1973

    Report for Minister Winzer's Office: The Course and the Results of the first phase of the European Security Conference, 23 July 1973

    An East German analysis of the first phase of the CSCE conference.

  • September 27, 1973

    Assessment of the proposal by the FRG delegation regarding the principles of prohibiting the threat or use of force, the inviolability of frontiers, and the territorial integrity of states, submitted on 26 September 1973

    An assessment of a proposal submitted on 26 September 1973 with particular regard to the inviolability of frontiers.

  • August 19, 1974

    Notes on a Conversation with Vortragendem Legationsrat 1st Class Dr. Blech, 19 August 1974

    A summary of a conversation in which Dr. Klaus Blech speaks of changes to frontiers, confidence-building measures, and the possible limits and results of CSCE treaties.

  • December 18, 1974

    Notes on a Conversation with the Head of the FRG's Delegation, Dr. Blech, During Lunch on 18 December 1974

    A memorandum of a conversation between Klaus Blech and Siegfried Bock, regarding the recognition of frontiers component of the CSCE negotiations.

  • October, 1976

    Material for Discussion in the "Permanent Commission on Issues of European Security"

    An analysis of the November 1976 plenary session of the socialist countries' permanent commission of scientific institutions discussion about issues of European security and cooperation.