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    President Kennedy opened a conference of NATO chiefs in the State Department, Washington, April 10.

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    President Kennedy opened a conference of NATO chiefs in the State Department, Washington, April 10.

    The conference chairman, Lord Louis Mountbatten, British Defence Chief; U.S. General Lemnitzer, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; and U.S. General Lauris Norstad, Nato Commander, greeted the President.

    In a public speech, the President pledged U.S. support for increasing NATO's conventional weapons. He said NATO was at a turning point in its military planning. The conventional capability of the ground forces would have to be strengthened to resist an attack long enough to enforce a pause.

    "To this end we ourselves mean to maintain our own divisions and supporting units in Europe and to increase their conventional capabilities," the President said.

    The conference - of the NATO military committee - then went into the first of a series of secret talks aimed at increasing NATO's power to meet provocations without resort to nuclear weapons.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA19J4PFXFIJ81ZWPF24ZH5G2OY
    Media URN:
    VLVA19J4PFXFIJ81ZWPF24ZH5G2OY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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