165. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rogers to President Nixon1
- US Position at the CSCE Ministerial Meeting, July, 1973
In connection with the forthcoming CSCE ministerial meeting to be held at Helsinki beginning on July 3, the attached general briefing paper2 and objectives and issues paper have been prepared for my use. I intend, at Helsinki, to proceed generally along the lines suggested in these papers, which are fully consonant with our approach to CSCE.
While at Helsinki, I will also be opening the Azores base negotiations in conversations with the Portuguese Foreign Minister.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 264, Agency Files, NATO, Vol. XVI. Confidential. On July 4, Kissinger sent this memorandum to the President and informed him that the Ministerial meeting of the CSCE would open at Helsinki on July 3 and was not expected to last more that a week to 10 days. Its main purpose, Kissinger stated, was “to endorse the recommendations of the earlier CSCE preparatory talks for the procedures to be followed in the detailed, stage II, expert-level CSCE negotiations which will follow, as well as to decide on the opening date for the stage II negotiations. The question as to whether the final, stage III phase of CSCE should be at the summit level will not be decided during the Ministerial meeting. At this point, most Western participants prefer to leave the issue open; the US position is that the level of participation for the final phase of the conference should be decided during phase II of the negotiations.” (Ibid.)↩
- The Department of State briefing paper, dated June 1973, is attached but not printed.↩