Minutes of the 58th meeting of the WEU Council (10 September 1956)

On 4 September 1956, the Council of Western European Union (WEU) meets for a special session on the development of the Suez Crisis. British representative Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick outlines the reasons that led his government, in close consultation with the French Government, to convene this meeting, emphasising the strong spirit of alliance within WEU. Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick justifies the urgency of the intervention in the Suez Canal area, maintaining that a refusal to act would result in the total removal of any Western influence on the ‘Arabian continent’. The French Ambassador to London, Jean Chauvel, reaffirms his government’s conclusions, which are completely identical in all respects to those of the British Government on the settlement of the current crisis. He outlines the considerations on which the French Government has based its approach and stresses the fact that the two countries are taking the matter extremely seriously.

Quelle und Copyright

Quelle: Council of the Western European Union. Minutes of the 58th meeting of the Council of Western European Union held at the 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 4th September 1956. 10.09.1956. CR (56) 24. Copy No. 91. 6 p.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg (ANLux). http://www.anlux.lu. Western European Union Archives. Secretariat-General/Council’s Archives. 1954-1987. Subjects dealt with by various WEU organs. Year: 1956. File 421.00. Volume 1/1.

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

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