- Title: FINLAND: EUROPEAN SECURITY CONFERENCE MEETING IN HELSINKI
- Date: 6th July 1973
- Summary: 1. GV Conference building 0.06 2. SV Flags 0.08 3. SV Police (2 shots) 0.14 4. MV Ambulances & firetrucks & police care (3 shots) 0.32 5. SV Policeman talks on radio 0.37 6. SV Policeman in boat patrolling 0.42 7. SV Canadian Mr. Sharpe arrives 0.53 8. SV Soviet car arrives 0.58 9. SCU Police 1.00 10. SV Gromyko out of car 1.09 11. SV US delegate Rogers 1.12 12. SCU Guard 1.15 13. GV, SV Delegates on steps 1.31 Initials SGM/0309 SGM/0302 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 21st July 1973 13:00
- Location: Helsinki, Finland
- Country: Finland
- Reuters ID: LVA4JJ2EJE1PVVHP0JLP9BZK40FF
- Story Text: The Finlandia Concert Hall in Helsinki, Finland, was this week the scene of the European Security Conference, attended by a total of thirty-five countries, including the United States of America and Canada.
At the conference the United States put forward a five point programme to bring about "a new era of peace in Europe and throughout the World". The conference, in closed session of Friday (July 6) heard a report from a working group on the date for the second stage of the meeting in Geneva.
SYNOPSIS: The Finlandia Concert Hall in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, was this week the scene of the european Security Conference.
Thirty three European nations, the United States and Canada attended the conference. Finland's Foreign Minister Ahti Karjalainen proposed the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Nordic area. Western diplomats reacted cautiously to a Polish-Bulgarian proposal for greater freedom and travel and more access to information and foreign literature in foreign countries. Western observers noted that the wording of the passage on freedom of travel may leave the door open to continued restriction by saying that applications should be "examined favourably.
At the conference, both West Germany's Herr Walter Scheel and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Mitchell Sharp suggested guidelines on such human problems as the promotion of east-west industrial co-operation, the reuniting of families, better working conditions for journalists and greater scientific and educational exchanges.
The Soviet Union called on European States to outlaw war, and to recognise the inviolability of existing frontiers in a wide-ranging blueprint for future relations on the continent. Mr. William Rogers, the US Secretary of State described the Helsinki conference as one of the most important conferences since World War Two.
Delegates gathered in the Finlandia hall to be photographed. On the front steps were the United States' Mr. William Rogers, the Soviet Union's Mr. Andrei Gromyko, France's M. Michel Jobert and Britain's Sir Alec Douglas-Home.
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