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Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006

Message Text LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 01

PRAGUE 02217 030822Z

22 ACTION EUR-12 INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 PM-04 H-02 INR-07 L-03 NSAE-00 NSC-05 PA-01 PRS-01 SP-02 SS-15 SAJ-01 EB-07 CU-02 DHA-02 ORM-02 /067 W --------------------- 111855 R 030745Z AUG 76 FM AMEMBASSY PRAGUE TO SECSTATE WASHDC 742 USIA WASHDC

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PRAGUE 2217 E.O. 11652: N/A TAGS: CSCE, CZ SUBJECT: CSCE - HELSINKI, A YEAR LATER USIA FOR IEU 1. RECENT GOC MEDIA TREATMENT HAS ACCENTED THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE CSCE FINAL ACT AT HELSINKI. A SUCCINCT SUMMARY OF THE GOC POSITION WAS CARRIED IN RUDE PRAVO, JULY 30, IN A LENGTHY ARTICLE BY DUSAN SPACIL, DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER AND FORMER CZECHOSLOVAK AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. A TRANSLATION OF THE ARTICLE IS BEING POUCHED TO EUR/EE. 2. SPACIL'S MAIN POINTS: THE SOVIET UNION AND OTHER SOCIALIST COUNTRIES WERE THE MAIN PARTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONFERENCE WHICH REFLECTS "LENINIST PRINCIPLES OF PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE." 3. THE GOC HAS CONDUCTED NUMEROUS HIGH-LEVEL DISCUSSIONS AND VISITS NOT ONLY ON BILATERAL ISSUES BUT ALSO ON HELSINKI-RELATED MATTERS. EX: STROUGAL VISITS TO FRANCE AND TURKEY; AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR'S VISIT TO PRAGUE; FM CHNOUPEK'S TALKS WITH DUTCH, PORTUGUESE, CYPRIOT, SPANISH, FINNISH, BRITISH, WEST GERMAN, AND AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS. LIMITED OFFICIAL USE LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 02

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4. POLITICAL RELATIONS: ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL RELATIONS

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006 AND DIFFICULT PROBLEMS LIKE FAMILY REUNIFICATION ARE FAR EASIER TO RESOLVE WITH "THOSE COUNTRIES WITH WHOM WE HAVE COMPLETELY NORMALIZED RELATIONS." THIS WAS THE MAIN POINT SPACIL MADE ON BASKET ONE. HE ADDED THAT THE GOC, LIKE OTHER SOCIALIST STATES, FULLY COOPERATES ON THE VOLUNTARY EXCHANGE OF OBSERVERS AT LARGE MILITARY EXERCISES AND IN ANNOUNCING TROOP MOVEMENTS. 5. ECONOMIC COOPERATION: GOC SUPPORTS SOVIET PROPOSAL FOR ALL-EUROPEAN CONGRESSES ON THE ENVIRIONMENT, POWER GENERATION, AND TRANSPORT. HE DECRIED, "THE PRACTICE OF THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES WHICH, ALTHOUGH SIGNATORIES OF THE FINAL ACT, CONTINUOUSLY REFUSE MOST FAVORED NATION TREATMENT FOR CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND SOME OTHER SOCIALIST COUNTRIES. THIS IS AT VARIANCE WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE FINAL ACT." 6. BASKET THREE: GOC WILL "NOT ALLOW IDEOLOGICAL SUBVERSION AGAINST SOCIALIST COUNTRIES, OR PERMIT THE UNDERMINING OF THE PRINCIPLES OF SOCIALISM, OR THE PROPAGATION OF ANTI-SOCIALIST IDEAS." "IF THE THIRD BASKET IS FOR A GREATER EXCHANGE OF CULTURAL VALUES AND ACTIVITIES, CZECHOSLOVAKIA IS FOR JUST THIS. WE ARE FOR EXPANDED TOURISM, LANGUAGE TEACHING, COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF THE PRESS, FILM, THEATER, TELEVISION, LITERATURE, AND FOR THE HUMANE SOLVING OF THE PROBLEMS OF DIVIDED FAMILIES." POINT WAS CONCLUDED BY SAYING GOC SHOWS MORE WESTERN FILMS, IMPORTS MORE PUBLICATIONS, STAGES MORE WESTERN PLAYS THAN THE WEST DOES COMPARABLE CZECHOSLOVAK WORKS. 7. COMMENT: THE SPACIL ARTICLE DRAWS TOGETHER THE MAIN THEMES THAT HAVE BEEN APPEARING IN CZECHOSLOVAK MEDIA ABOUT THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE HELSINKI ACCORDS. ITS TONE, DESPITE OBVIOUS POLEMICS, WAS MORE MODERATE THAN MOST PRESS PIECES ON THE SUBJECT. NONE OF THE THEMES WERE NEW ONES, AND IT IS PREDICTABLE THAT THE GOC WILL GO TO BELGRADE NEXT YEAR WITH ELABORATIONS ON THE ISSUES WHICH SPACIL HAS RAISED, AND WHICH, IN TURN, REFLECT PUBLISHED PARTY SENTIMENTS. BYRNE

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Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006

Message Attributes Automatic Decaptioning: X Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 Channel Indicators: n/a Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Concepts: PRESS COMMENTS, TREATY SIGNATURE, COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATIONS, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, COLLECTIVE SECURITY AGREEMENTS Control Number: n/a Copy: SINGLE Draft Date: 03 AUG 1976 Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960 Decaption Note: Disposition Action: RELEASED Disposition Approved on Date: Disposition Authority: MartinML Disposition Case Number: n/a Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004 Disposition Event: Disposition History: n/a Disposition Reason: Disposition Remarks: Document Number: 1976PRAGUE02217 Document Source: CORE Document Unique ID: 00 Drafter: n/a Enclosure: n/a Executive Order: N/A Errors: N/A Film Number: D760298-0510 From: PRAGUE Handling Restrictions: n/a Image Path: ISecure: 1 Legacy Key: link1976/newtext/t19760892/aaaadcvx.tel Line Count: 97 Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM Office: ACTION EUR Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE Original Handling Restrictions: n/a Original Previous Classification: n/a Original Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a Page Count: 2 Previous Channel Indicators: n/a Previous Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a Reference: n/a Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED Review Authority: MartinML Review Comment: n/a Review Content Flags: Review Date: 14 APR 2004 Review Event: Review Exemptions: n/a Review History: RELEASED <14 APR 2004 by CollinP0>; APPROVED <04 AUG 2004 by MartinML> Review Markings: Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006 Review Media Identifier: Review Referrals: n/a Review Release Date: n/a Review Release Event: n/a Review Transfer Date: Review Withdrawn Fields: n/a Secure: OPEN Status: NATIVE Subject: CSCE - HELSINKI, A YEAR LATER USIA FOR IEU TAGS: PFOR, CZ, CSCE, (SPACIL, DUSAN) To: STATE USIA Type: TE Markings: Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006

Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006

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