Soviets Give Up 75% of Disputed Baltic Sea Area to Sweden

Reuters

The Soviet Union agreed to give up 75% of a disputed area of the Baltic in settling a 19-year dispute with Sweden over fishing and other rights in the zone, it was announced today.

Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson disclosed the details at a Stockholm news conference.

The accord was clinched in a four-hour meeting Monday between Carlsson and visiting Soviet Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov. The Swedish Cabinet formally approved it today.

The dispute centered on an 8,500-square-mile area between the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland and the coast of Soviet Latvia. The area teems with fish and is also believed to have oil.

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