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

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Document No. 137: Summary of Discussion at the Committee of
Ministers of Defense Meeting in Prague, October 17–18, 1988

The main topic of discussion at this defense ministers' meeting was the Romanian pro- posal for reform of the Warsaw Pact (see Document No. 133). Most of the ideas pro- posed in it failed to generate support from the other member-states. For example, there was little interest in abolishing collective decision-making at a time when most of them believed that unilateral arms reductions required even greater coordination within the alliance. During the discussion, according to other records, Soviet Defense Minister Dmitrii Iazov nevertheless conceded, among other points, that the supreme commander did not have to be a Soviet citizen. The prevailing view was that the organization need- ed improvements in quality and effectiveness, not a new structure altogether.

During the meeting of the Committee of the Ministers of Defense, there was an exchange of views on the suggestions made by the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party for "Improvement of the Organization and Democratization of the Work of the Political Bodies of the Warsaw Pact."

The ministers of defense and the supreme commander together with the chiefs of staff of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Pact member-states expressed agreement on the following points:

In the present military and political situation, it is important that the handling of political and military questions be closely linked.

With regard to improving the work of the Political Consultative Committee, there was unanimous accord (with the exception of the Romanian colleague) that the separation of military and political tasks is not an option.

Political decisions are the basis for any cooperation in military operations or military technology in our alliance.

Only the Political Consultative Committee of the member-states of the Warsaw Pact possesses the necessary competence for the unified performance of political and military functions.

Therefore, it is deemed absolutely necessary to continue the proven practice of handling political and military questions at the meetings of the Political Consultative Committee of the member-states of the Warsaw Pact, and having the supreme commander of the Unified Armed Forces report on them.

"…"

The effectiveness of the Committee of the Ministers of Defense in solving a wide range of problems in connection with improving the defensive capability of the Warsaw Pact states has been confirmed by almost 20 years of experience.

The proposal for reorganizing the Committee of the Minister of Defense to create a "Military Defense Committee" is not considered practical or necessary in the

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