Czechoslovakia became the 25th member of the Council of Europe Thursday in a ceremony Prague's foreign minister called "a recognition of our efforts and obligations to the democratic world."

"Czechoslovakia's entry in the council is only the first step in our full integration into the life of European democracies," Foreign Ministeer Jiri Dientsbier said.Czechoslovakia is the second former East Bloc nation to join the council, which promotes European cooperation and is known primarily for its human rights treaties. Hungary was admitted in November and Poland was expected to join soon.