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The part of Foreign Minister Paavo Väyrynen's speech during the budget debate in the Parliament concerning the Finnish-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance, September 19, 1991

In closing, I would like to briefly comment the discussion on the Finnish-Soviet Treaty initiated by the chairmen of the parliamentary groups of the largest parties in the Government.

As Prime Minister Aho noted in his speech on September 3, there is reason for us to review the entire treaty arrangement with our eastern neighbour in the new international situation. On one hand this means that we must prepare ourselves for negotiations about the treaties needed between Finland and Russia. On the other hand in the current new situation there is also cause to review the treaties between Finland and the Soviet Union, including the Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance.

In his statement yesterday, the Soviet Foreign Minister Boris Pankin announced that the Soviet Union is ready to begin discussions on the Finnish-Soviet Treaty on Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance. The same message was brought back from Moscow by Pertti Paasio, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. When I meet with Foreign Minister Pankin on Sunday in New York, we will have an opportunity to deal with the question of initiating such discussions.

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