The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Mr Joseph Luns is calling for a thorough re-examination by the Atlantic Allies of aid policies to third world countries.
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LUNS: "The fact is, that the United States Government had decided, for the time being, not to produce this weapon. I was rather struck by the fact that Mr Breznev, about two weeks ago, made public I think for the first time that the Soviet Government had not only made the weapon but had tested it."
REPORTER: "The American and European delegates to this congress, this assembly, are sharing a divided opinion over the alliance of the SALT II negotiations. Could you give us your views on SALT II?"
LUNS: "It is a little early to give a considered judgement on SALT II because the final text are not available. I would say only this, I very much hope that there will be a SALT II which will be well balanced and which will not favour in some way, one of the parties.
It is not at all excluded that finally it will come about."
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Background: The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Mr Joseph Luns is calling for a thorough re-examination by the Atlantic Allies of aid policies to third world countries. When addressing the 24th Plenary session of the 15 nation North Atlantic assembly meeting in Lisbon, he also contrasted the billions of aid-dollars given each year to third world countries with the much smaller amounts given to less favoured NATO members. Mr Luns advocated grater assistance to NATO southern flank countries such as Portugal, Turkey and Greece, and he hoped for a balanced SALT II (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) agreement.
SYNOPSIS: Prior to the NATO conference, Mr Luns discussed the United States decision not to produce the neutron bomb.