Extract from minutes of the joint meeting between the Assembly Committee on Defence Questions and the WEU Council (London, 2 December 1958)

The minutes of the joint meeting between the Council of Western European Union (WEU) and the Committee on Defence Questions of the WEU Assembly on 2 December 1958 in London record the debates held in the morning and afternoon sessions. At this meeting, the first session, chaired by Lord Henry Lansdowne from the United Kingdom, focuses on cooperation in the field of armaments. Lord Lansdowne notes that close cooperation in armaments research, development and production is necessary for financial reasons, in view of the cost and complexity of modern weapons, and also for political reasons, particularly given the role that armaments cooperation can play in achieving closer European unity in the light of the communist threat. Cooperation on a case-by-case basis has been established through various bilateral and trilateral arrangements under the aegis of WEU and between the WEU countries through the Standing Armaments Committee (SAC). Two lists of proposals for cooperation have been put forward, one by the United Kingdom and the other by France, Italy and Germany, and are considered to come within the field of action of WEU. Lord Lansdowne underlines that the security considerations are not the main obstacle to armaments cooperation, that the Council is satisfied with the progress made by the SAC and that there is no need to step up the work at the current time. Finally, he points out that WEU should not take decisions entirely independently of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) unless cooperation with third countries does not yield results.

Quelle und Copyright

Quelle: Council of the Western European Union. Extract from minutes of the Joint meeting of Assembly Committee on Defence and WEU Council held on 2 December 1958 in London. C(58)177. pp. 1-13

Archives nationales de Luxembourg (ANLux). http://www.anlux.lu. Western European Union Archives. Secretariat-General/Council’s Archives. 1954-1987. Organs of the Western European Union. Year: 1958, 01/01/1958-28/02/1959. File 202.411.03. Volume 1/1.

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

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