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Helsinki Final Act: Implementation

Volume 416: debated on Monday 26 January 1981

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress was made in the implementation by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Eastern Europe countries of the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act during the last six months.

The weeks before the opening of the preparatory meeting in Madrid were marked by a further serious decline in the respect shown by certain countries for the commitments entered into in the Helsinki Final Act.On 20th August 1980 the Soviet Government resumed jamming of Western broadcasts in the Russian language. In October, the German Democratic Republic increased its minimum exchange requirements; this has led to a drastic reduction in the number of Western visitors. Soviet troops remained in Afghani