Little known document on Prague Spring’s "Western" policy : Meeting between Foreign Ministers Jiří Hájek and Kurt Waldheim in Bratislava on 21 June 1968
Ein wenig bekanntes Blatt der "Westpolitik" des Prager Frühlings : Das Treffen der Außenminister Jiří Hájek und Kurt Waldheim in Bratislava am 21. Juni 1968
On 21 June 1968, an unofficial meeting of the foreign ministers of Czechoslovakia and Austria, Jiří S Hájek and Kurt Waldheim, took place as a kind of culmination of endeavours at normalising diplomatic and political relations between the two countries. Mutual relations in the second half of the 1960s were still complicated by a number of problems. Above all, these involved the former country’s belonging to the Soviet Eastern Bloc while the latter country was neutral, but in fact a pro-Western state. Also a problem were unsolved property rights problems, most of which had arisen from nationalisation policies in Czechoslovakia in 1945 and also from the displacement of some Czech Germans to Austria. Austria said that any intensification in political and economic relations with Czechoslovakia was conditional upon solving its property claims. The sum they claimed for, however, was far in excess of the sum that Czechoslovakia was willing to give Austria. As such, the meeting of both foreign ministers, the minutes of which are printed in the material in full according to the archived original (including due comments), was thus an expression of the endeavours at achieving an agreement to deal with problems in mutual relations. Its conclusion, however, was soon delayed by the invasion of Warsaw Pact soldiers in Czechoslovakia in August 1968 and subsequent Normalisation.
Moderní dějiny, redakce, Historický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Prosecká 76, 190 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic
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