Preparatory meetings

Helsinki 1972-73

The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) negotiations opened with 35 delegations present including: the United States, Canada, and all the states of Europe (including the USSR and Holy See), with the exception of Albania. These states tended to coalesce into three major groups, reflecting the existing political alignments at the time:

  • Warsaw Pact
  • NATO / European Community
  • Neutral / Nonaligned
Foreign Ministers at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe in Helsinki, 1973 (OSCE)

Foreign Ministers at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe in Helsinki, 1973 (OSCE)

The preparatory meeting resulted in a detailed outline of the practical organizational arrangements for the conference.