|Updated: 25-Oct-2000||Ministerial Communiqus|
On Conventional Arms Control
Our objective is the strengthening of stability and security in the whole of Europe, through increased openness and the establishment of a verifiable, comprehensive and stable balance of conventional forces at lower levels.
To work urgently towards the achievement of this objective, we have decided to set up a high level task force on conventional arms control.
It will build on the Western proposals at the CDE conference in Stockholm and at the MBFR negotiations in Vienna, in both of which participating Allied countries are determined to achieve early agreement.
It will take account of Mr. Gorbachev's statement of 18 April expressing, in particular, Soviet readiness to pursue conventional force reductions from the Atlantic to the Urals.
An interim report will be presented to the Council in October, and a final report will be discussed at our next meeting in December.
Our aim is a radical improvement in East-West relations in which more confidence, greater openness, and increased security will benefit all.