The conclusion of the Helsinki Conference


The historic importance of the Helsinki conference for security and cooperation in Europe (CSCE) would certainly not have eluded La Pira, who stressed all its potentialities in this speech delivered in Warsaw to an international conference promoted by UNESCO.

“Does not the Helsinki Conference represent the model on which the new, unitary structure of the world (unarmed, peaceful, free and ‘just’!) will ever more inevitably be built?

“Do not the ten principles which are the architectural premises of this structure, of this model, enable us to see in prospect – transcribed into the real-life history of the world – this firm, peaceful, fraternal unity of peoples?

Well then, is not the Helsinki Conference, with the unitary structure of Europe which, despite everything, it has created, the beginning and the model of the new history of the world?

(…) This Helsinki Conference must also be viewed in the context of the central, guiding ideas which concerning the present and future history of the world have shown and continue to show, every day more clearly, the chief political guidelines which have designed and actuated it (…) It is by now axiomatic, both in theory and in practice, that there is no alternative to global negotiation, and that conflicts – however vast and profound they may be – cannot be resolved except by negotiation.

In this respect, in addition to the Helsinki Conference, we may observe the (all but miraculous!) agreement between Egypt and Israel over Sinai and the Suez Canal, and the end of the Vietnam War. Here are further proofs of the application of this historical and political axiom which defines the nature of this new (nuclear and space!) age in the history of the world.”