The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has had talks at the United?
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"What we are confronting in the dialogue with the Europeans is the merging of several processes. There is the process of European integration. There is the process of the debate on security, within NATO. And there is the re-definition of the Atlantic relationship covering all these areas. After my speech, when on behalf of President, I proposed a new Atlantic declaration of principles there was some uncertainty in Europe on how, and in what form, to respond and several months were spent in internal discussions within Europe on whether the proper forum would be NATO, a series of bilateral negotiations with the Europeans or a series of talks between the United States and the Common Market. The result has been that after some months of going over these routes, the European opinion crystallised. They are the economic, and those political considerations relevant to economic matters and those political considerations relevant to European as an entity should be discussed by the Nine as a unit with the United States. Security issues and those political issues relevant to security matters should be discussed in the NATO, and that of course the bilateral channels would remain open throughout this process."
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has had talks at the United Nations on the proposed new "Atlantic charter" which he outlined in April. Dr. Kissinger had talks with the Danish Foreign Minister, Mr. K.B. Anderson, who's representing the nine member States of the European Community. Earlier this month, the Nine presented its answer to the American call for a review of relations across the Atlantic. Mr. Anderson said the Europeans had given a "very positive answer" to the American initiative.
On Wednesday (26 September), Dr. Kissinger outlined the progress being made in the negotiations. Speaking at a Press Conference, he said the economic and political aspects of a new Atlantic agreement would be considered jointly by the Nine European countries, and the United States. The issues of security, would be discussed in the NATO Council. Dr. Kissinger said negotiations could still be carried on with individual member States of the Nine.
President Nixon is expected to visit Europe in the near future. Reports say the timing of the visit, which will probably take in Bonn, London, Paris and Rome, depends largely on the progress of the negotiations. It's hoped the President's trip will culminate in the signing of a new agreement.