Chapter 4 - Britain, the conclusion of Ostpolitik,and the CSCE (1972–1975) 167
167 Chapter 4 Britain, the conclusion of Ostpolitik, and the CSCE (1972–1975) 4.1 Introduction Although Ostpolitik drafted well on into 1973, the most contentious issues between the Federal Republic and the Soviet bloc states had been substantially settled by 1972. By then, also the process of East-West détente had made conspicuous progress. In May 1972 Nixon had vis- ited Moscow and signed the SALT agreement. In June the Foreign Min- isters of the Four Powers had signed the final protocol of the quadripar- tite agreement on Berlin, while in November preliminary talks were opened in Helsinki on a Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. The completion of the Eastern treaties package carried signifi- cant importance for most European states, Britain included, as it marked the end of a fundamental chapter in East-West relations. Détente was approaching its height in Europe but Britain had not played a decisive role in its key passages, particularly in the successful conclusion of the quadripartite negotiations on Berlin. The British foreign policy agenda, while remaining attentive to the developments of Ostpolitik, was fo- cused on the pursuit of another primary objective for Britain through admission to the European Communities. The British government and the FCO continued, however, to support the Federal Republic’s East- ern policy, including a rapprochement between Bonn and Prague, al- though reservations persisted in London about for a European security conference and its implications on the cohesion of the West and the transatlantic alliance. 168 4.2 Ostpolitik and...
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