Mr. M. Brosio.
International situation - Middle East - East-West Relations - Berlin and Germany - Disarmament - Cyprus "Watching Brief" - Interim report on the Future Tasks of the Alliance - Resolution on Technological Co-operation.
- The Spring Ministerial Meeting of the NATO Council was held in
Luxembourg on 13th and 14th June 1967.
- Reviewing the international situation in the light of recent
developments, Ministers took note of the high degree of
instability and uncertainty still existing in the world. The
Council once again affirmed that the cohesion of its members
remains essential for their own security and for the maintenance
- In accordance with their practice of consulting together,
Ministers held an exchange of views on the Middle East situation
following the hostilities which have once again occurred in this
region. They noted with satisfaction that a cease-fire had now
taken place and stressed the urgency of humanitarian efforts to
alleviate the sufferings caused by the war. Member Governments
expressed their determination to support all efforts to establish
a lasting peace in this area and resolve the outstanding problems
in a spirit of equity and in accordance with the legitimate
interests of all concerned
- The Council discussed the question of East/West relations.
With a view to improving relations and lowering tensions in
Europe, governments have continued in every way possible their
declared policy of seeking to develop contacts and mutually
advantageous exchanges with the countries of Eastern Europe.
These efforts have not always met with success. The Council
therefore recorded its view that the détente should be extended
for the benefit of all members of the Alliance. Ministers agreed
to continue close consultation on the ways in which the policies
of member countries can contribute to improved East/West
relations in a framework of peace, security and stability. The
Special Group on Future Tasks of the Alliance was asked to make a
thorough study of these and related questions.
- Ministers again emphasized that the peaceful settlement of the
German question on the basis of the free expression of political
will by the German people was an essential factor for a just and
lasting peaceful order in Europe. Ministers were informed by
their German colleague of the state of relations between the two
parts of Germany. They welcomed the efforts by the Federal
Government to increase human, economic and cultural contacts
between both parts of Germany and were agreed that this internal
German process was to be considered an important contribution to
the search for a détente in Europe. On Berlin, Ministers agreed
that the question of ensuring the viability of that city requires
special attention. They confirmed the Declaration of the Council
of 16th December, 1958.
- Ministers expressed their concern to see progress made in the
field of disarmament and arms control, including steps directed
towards preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If conditions permit, a balanced reduction of forces by the East and
West could be a significant step toward security in Europe. A
contribution on the part of the Soviet Union and the Eastern
European countries towards a reduction of forces would be
welcomed as a gesture of peaceful intent.
- Regarding Greek-Turkish relations, Ministers noted the Secretary General's report on his "Watching Brief" and invited him to continue his activities in this sphere. They expressed the hope that Greece and Turkey would resume their discussions on the
Cyprus question and on Greek-Turkish relations and that these
would rapidly produce positive results. They reaffirmed the
importance which they attach to preserving peace and improving
the situation on the Island as well as to the continued presence
of the United Nations force in Cyprus while an agreed solution is
- Ministers took note of an interim report of the Permanent
Council on the studies being undertaken on the Future Tasks of
the Alliance pursuant to the Ministerial Resolution of 22nd
December, 1966. They noted with satisfaction that the keen
interest displayed in this study was further evidence of the
vitality with which the Alliance is determined to face its tasks
in the years ahead. Ministers look forward to receiving the
substantive results of this study.
- Ministers examined the report which, at their request, the
Permanent Representatives have prepared on the ways and means of
implementing the proposals of the Italian Government for reducing
disparities in the technological development of different
countries. They adopted the attached resolution recommending the
intensification both of member countries' own efforts and of
international co-operation at the European and Atlantic levels
and in a wider framework. The Permanent Representatives have been
invited to keep under review the specific role which the Alliance
can play in the field of technology and to report their findings
to the next Ministerial Meeting.
- The next Ministerial Meeting of the Council will be held in
Brussels in December 1967.