NATO proposes a sum-up in European troop parley
NATO delegates, in talks with Warsaw Pact countries on mutual troop cuts in Central Europe, proposed compiling the results achieved so far in the eight-year-old negotiations. A NATO spokesman said the proposal was important, since for the first time the two sides would jointly prepare a written compilation of their positions which could help clarify areas of agreement and disagreement.
The proposal was submitted at the closing of the 26th round of the talks, which opened in Vienna in October 1973. A Warsaw Pact spokesman said the NATO proposal will be considered during the current five-week recess.
The two sides agree that troops could be reduced to 900,000 on each side. But NATO accuses the Warsaw Pact of understating its current troop strength by 150, 000 men.