Updated: 23-Aug-2001 1985

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The Geneva arms control negotiations had resumed in March 1985 and by the time President Reagan and Mr. Gorbachev meet in Geneva in November, hopes are high that positive results can be attained. The leaders agree in principle on a reduction of strategic nuclear forces of fifty per cent, and on an interim agreement on intermediate-range nuclear forces. Following the talks, President Reagan reports on their outcome to a Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Council.


11 Mar

Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union following the death of Konstantin Chernenko.

12 Mar

The United States and the USSR begin new arms control negotiations in Geneva, encompassing defence and space systems, strategic nuclear forces and intermediate-range nuclear forces.

26 Ap

The 1955 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, establishing the Warsaw Treaty Organisation, is extended for 20 years by leaders of the seven member states.

7 May-17 June

CSCE Experts Meeting on Human Rights, Ottawa.

15 Oct-25 Nov

CSCE Cultural Forum in Budapest.

12 Nov

Professor van der Beugel (the Netherlands) becomes the second recipient of NATOs Atlantic Award for outstanding services to the Atlantic Alliance.

19-21 Nov

At the Geneva Summit, United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agree in principle on a reduction of strategic nuclear forces by 50 percent and on an interim INF agreement.

21 Nov

President Reagan reports on his Geneva talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at a special meeting of the North Atlantic Council with the participation of Heads of State and Government and Foreign Ministers.