East-West: Total Silence

A third arms-talk hiatus

For ten years members of the NATO Alliance and the Warsaw Pact have been meeting in Vienna to talk about decreasing their conventional military strengths in Europe. Last week the little-known 19-nation talks on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (MBFR) came to an ambiguous halt. As the 31st round of the discussions dissolved, Dutch Representative Willem de Vos van Steenwijk announced that NATO representatives had called for further talks to start in January 1984. But, he added, the Warsaw Pact delegation, headed by the Soviet Union, "has neither...

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