CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1985 |
The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, the nominal parliament, Friday ratified the 20-year extension of the Warsaw Pact and claimed that socialism has preserved peace in Europe for 40 years. "Members of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. unanimously ratified the protocol, signed in Warsaw on April 26, 1985, on prolonging the period of validity of the treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance," the official news agency Tass said.
February 16, 1987 |
The Warsaw Pact has accepted a NATO invitation to discuss prospects of new talks on conventional arms in Europe, but the two sides are already divided over who should take part in such negotiations. Western diplomats say the 16-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization wants to negotiate only with the seven members of the Warsaw Pact. The Warsaw Pact wants to invite all 35 countries that signed the Helsinki Final Act on European security and cooperation.
June 7, 1990 |
Leaders of the Warsaw Pact called today for a review of the organization's aims and its transformation into a grouping of states "based on democratic principles." Pact leaders, in a statement issued after a one-day summit, said political change in Europe had made it possible to overcome the division of the continent. "We therefore consider it necessary to review the character and functions of the Warsaw Pact," the statement said.
November 10, 1989 |
Welcoming East Germany's leadership changes as an important step toward political reform, the Soviet Union said Thursday that it will accept a non-Communist government there and in other East European countries if they remain members of the Warsaw Pact. Gennady I.
November 30, 1989 |
The Warsaw Pact military alliance will meet in Moscow after this weekend's Soviet-U.S. summit off Malta, a Polish government spokesman said Wednesday. Deputy government spokesman Henryk Wozniakowski did not say when the meeting would occur, but sources said it will be on Monday, Dec. 4. It will be the first full Warsaw Pact meeting since the recent leadership changes in Poland, East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
September 24, 1990 |
East Germany, once the front-line state in the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, formally withdrew from the alliance today as it prepared for unity with West Germany. With 10 days remaining before the merger, a protocol on the pullout of East German troops from the Warsaw Pact was signed in East Berlin by Defense Minister Rainer Eppelmann and the Warsaw Pact commander-in-chief, Soviet Gen. Piotr Lushev, the official news agency ADN said. The two Germanys will unite Oct.