A possible extension of naval activity in the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean and the mining of the mouth of the Baltic Sea were among military measures discussed by committees of the North Atlantic Assembly in Bonn.
A possible extension of naval activity in the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean and the mining of the mouth of the Baltic Sea were among military measures discussed by committees of the North Atlantic Assembly in Bonn. The annual meeting of the Assembly opened in Bonn on Monday (20 November). The Assembly is composed of groups of parliamentarians from the fourteen NATO countries.
Proposals from the Assembly do not necessarily become NATO policy, but have substantial weight in formulating the alliance's plans. The Assembly provides an unofficial bridge between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the parliaments of its members.
The five-day meeting began with two days of committee meetings, followed by a plenary session of the two hundred parliamentarians from the member states.
A committee proposal which will go before the Plenary Assembly is that the western alliance send warships into the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean to protect oil supply lines from a possible soviet Union naval threat. The proposal has been endorsed by the Assembly's Political Committee.
This proposal, if adopted as official NATO policy, would mean an extension of NATO'S naval influence beyond the Tropic of Cancer, traditionally the southern limit of NATO's influence.
Another proposal to come from the committee stages of the Assembly was a contingency plan to mine the mouth of the Baltic Sea. In the event of war, the Soviet navy would be bottled up in the Baltic by activating the mines and with shore based missiles also covering the exits.
The United States contingent to the Assembly was a strong one, including Senator Edward and Senator Thomas Eagleton who was George McGovern's first choice as a vice-presidential candidate.
The talks involve both military and political issues.