"They chose Malta, which turned out to be a really horrible place to be in December. Although the Maltese were wonderful, the weather was really bad" - Condoleezza Rice
On December 3rd of 1991 at the Malta Summit, United States president George H. W. Bush and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev officially declared the longstanding "Cold War" to be over. Whether or not the conflict between the capitalist west and communist east really ended that day is still up for debate, but nevertheless the event is regarded as an important historical event. The takeaway from the event was the theme of cooperation, with Bush saying "We can realize a lasting peace and transform the East-West relationship to one of enduring co-operation. That is the future that Chairman Gorbachev and I began right here in Malta."