EAST-WEST: Stonewalling Human Rights

The Madrid conference is soured by Soviet intransigence

The U.S.S.R. is not prepared to be a bull in the corrida of Madrid," declared Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. That pronouncement served as a dour keynote for the 35-nation Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe that convened in the Spanish capital last week. The object of the long-scheduled conference was to review the members' compliance with the 1975 Helsinki accords on military security, economic cooperation and human rights. But throughout, it was clear that the Soviets had every intention of blocking any proceedings...

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