A Cardboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991

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Document No. 87: Ceaușescu's Speech at the Political Consultative
Committee Meeting in Warsaw, May 14–15, 1980

At this meeting of the PCC, Romania found a great many things to disparage, includ- ing its handling of the MBFR2and its criticisms of China, West Germany and the Camp David accords.3Ceaușescu proposes to proceed toward dissolving both the Warsaw Pact and NATO, and meanwhile requiring unilateral cuts in military spending of 10–15 percent by 1985, as well as a reduction in conventional forces and abolition of foreign bases on the territories of Warsaw Pact member-states. He also asserts that it was not necessary for the Soviet Union to send troops to Afghanistan and that Romania would be willing to assist in a political solution that would lead to the withdrawal of Soviet forces and, in his view, add to Soviet prestige. For the sake of the appearance of unity, the Soviet Union decided not to publicize these disagreements or to push through any documents Romania did not want to sign.

N. Ceaușescu (Romanian Socialist Republic): Dear Comrades!

"…"

International events have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate with force that the existence of military blocs is a source of perpetuating tensions, and therefore, more than before, it is necessary to confirm again decisively the position of the socialist countries that have signed the founding act of the Warsaw Treaty concerning the simultaneous dissolution of the NATO and Warsaw Pact blocs. In order to achieve this goal, we consider it necessary to move toward decreasing the military character of these blocs, creating suitable conditions for their simultaneous dissolution and realizing European security on a new basis—full equality, and respect for the independence and sovereignty of all states.

"…"

This meeting of member-states of the Warsaw Pact is taking place under particularly complicated international conditions, when tensions are deepening and the imperialist policy of force and dictation, and of consolidation or spheres of influence is becoming strongly apparent. Tendencies toward a return to the "cold war" are deepening, and a serious threat hangs over détente, cooperation, and peace around the world.

"…"

The serious exacerbation of the international situation is a direct result of the accumulation of complex issues that were not resolved at the right time, and of the appear

2 Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction talks about NATO and Warsaw Pact conventional forces in Europe.

3 The September 17, 1978, Egyptian–Israeli agreement that led to Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula and a peace treaty between the two countries.

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