|Updated: 23-Oct-2000||Ministerial Communiqus|
Chairman: Mr. M. Brosio.
Policy issues reviewed.
The NATO Nuclear Planning Group, composed of Ministers of
Defence of eight NATO countries, adjourned today after a two-day
conference in Venice, Italy.
Ministers of Defence attending the meeting were Mr. Leo Cadieux, Canada; Mr. Helmut Schmidt, Germany; Mr. Mario Tanassi, Italy; Mr. Willem den Toom, Netherlands; Mr. Gunnar Hellesen, Norway; Mr. Ahmet Topaloglu, Turkey; Mr. Denis Healey, United Kingdom; and Mr. Melvin R. Laird, United States. Mr. Grieg Tidemand, Minister of Commerce and Shipping, Norway, also participated. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Manlio Brosio, Secretary General of NATO.
This was the seventh of the regular half-yearly meetings of the Group. On the basis of a number of comprehensive studies and reports prepared by member countries and by the NATO Military Authorities, the Ministers continued their review of substantive policy issues pertaining to the possible defensive employment of nuclear weapons in the context of NATO's strategy of flexibility in response.
The Ministers gave further directions for continuing work on the exploration of these issues with the intent of formulating policy proposals for eventual consideration by the Nuclear Defence Affairs Committee and the Defence Planning Committee.
The Ministers agreed to hold the eight meeting of the Nuclear Planning Group in Canada in the Autumn of 1970.