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Chronicle 1980

  • January

    • 1980

      1 January

      The GDR becomes a member of the UN Security Council for two years.
    • 1980

      10 January

      US President Jimmy Carter imposes a grain embargo on the Soviet Union because of its intervention in Afghanistan. The conditions for Western technology exports (CoCom agreement) to the Soviet sphere of influence are also tightened.
    • 1980

      14 January

      The UN General Assembly calls for the immediate withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in a resolution.
    • 1980

      22 January

      The Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov is arrested along with his wife, Yelena Bonner, and exiled to a camp near the city of Gorky.
    • 1980

      26 January

      In a speech to SED District Secretaries, SED General Secretary Erich Honecker speaks of a promising development in German-German relations, which, he says, could however be easily damaged by increased tensions in the international situation and the "torpedoing of the détente". more
    • 1980

      30 January

      The meeting between West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and SED General Secretary Erich Honecker scheduled for spring is postponed.
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