Extract from minutes of the 326th meeting of the WEU Council (20 July 1967)

The meeting of the Council of Western European Union (WEU), held on 20 July 1967, continues the discussions held in previous meetings (documents CR (67) 6 and CR (67) 16) on relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and WEU. British representative Lord Hood notes that, for his government, the withdrawal of French forces from the NATO integrated command arrangements has weakened NATO and, indirectly, the resources available to WEU to fulfil its obligations. It has also revealed a difference of philosophy that challenges the utility of an integrated military organisation in guaranteeing mutual defence in peacetime. Lord Hood also refers to the impact that France’s withdrawal will have on reviewing force levels, on documentary controls and on the joint inspections performed by the Agency for the Control of Armaments (ACA). French Ambassador Geoffroy de Courcel replies that France’s decision means that the aims of Article V of the Brussels Treaty can no longer be applied through a body to which France does not belong without calling into question the commitments entered into under Article V. He says that France is happy to agree to the continuance of existing limitations on levels of forces, as well as those laid down for levels of armaments of forces for common defence, and to the procedures for inspection by the ACA of French installations, with the exception of atomic weapons.

Quelle und Copyright

Quelle: Council of the Western European Union. Extract from minutes of the 326th meeting of WEU Council held on 20 July 1967. II. Note on NATO/WEU relations. CR (67) 17. pp. 3-7; 9-11.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg (ANLux). http://www.anlux.lu. Western European Union Archives. Secretariat-General/Council’s Archives. 1954-1987. Interpretation of Brussels Treaty & Paris Protocols. Year: 1967, 01/03/1967-14/06/1968. File 113.2. Volume 2/2.

Copyright: (c) WEU Secretariat General - Secrétariat Général UEO

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