The Helsinki Accords, Helsinki Final Act, or Helsinki Declaration was the final act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe held in Finlandia Hall of Helsinki, Finland, during July and August 1, 1975. Thirty-five states, including the USA, Canada, and most European states except Albania, signed the declaration in an attempt to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West. The Helsinki Accords, however, were not binding as they did not have treaty status.
On August 1, 1975, 35 countries (USSR, USA and most European states) met in Helsinki and signed the Helsinki Accords (or Helsinki Final Act), a text aimed at improving relations between the Communist bloc and the West.
This text consisting of 10 articles (about the territorial integrity of states, non-intervention in internal affairs, respect for human rights, cooperation, refraining from the threat or use of force...) served as a basis for defining the scope and action principles of the CSCE (Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe), becoming the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) in 1995. On July 30, 2015, the Post of Moldova released a new stamp (L 11) dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the signing of these Helsinki Accords. Read more..
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