Reasons for the urgent need for WEU to recruit an expert in nuclear issues (15 November 1961)

On 15 November 1961, the Agency for the Control of Armaments (ACA) of Western European Union (WEU) publishes a note outlining the reasons for the urgent need to recruit an expert in nuclear issues. The Agency also notes that its Director has notified the WEU Council on several occasions of the need to recruit such an expert to enable the ACA to fulfil its mission in due course. There are serious drawbacks in not preparing for future controls, and developments in the field of armaments are certainly affecting the assessment of weapons levels. France has taken a stance, affirming that some of the stockpiles are intended for the WEU countries, although the Council has not been able to establish the level of the stockpiles. Moreover, although for the time being the physical situation of the stockpiles and the production stages are not yet sufficiently developed for controls to be carried out, the situation is likely to change in the near future.

Source and copyright

Source: Union de l’Europe occidentale. Agence pour le contrôle des armements. Raisons de l’urgence du recrutement d’un expert en questions atomiques. 15.11.1961. 5 p.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg (ANLux). Western European Union Archives. Armament Bodies. ACA. Agency for the Control of Armaments. Year: 1957, 01/01/1957-31/12/1978. File ACA-218. Volume 1/1.

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

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