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    Foreign Ministers from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member nations began arriving in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, on Sunday (16 June) for one of the most vital meetings in the alliance's 25-year history.

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    Foreign Ministers from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member nations began arriving in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, on Sunday (16 June) for one of the most vital meetings in the alliance's 25-year history.

    During the two days of talks, the ministers will put the finishing touches on a new declaration of Atlantic principles, which will be submitted to NATO leaders, including President Nixon, at their summit in Brussels on June 26. (The summit has added significance as it is timed just before Mr. Nixon's trip to Moscow for talks with the Soviet leader, Mr. Brezhnev.)
    The text of the 800-word draft declaration is virtually settled. The only article outstanding is the key one which sets out consultation procedures between the United States and its allies. The breakdown in communications between the Americans and West Europeans during the October Middle East war soured Atlantic relations and ended plans to make 1973 "the year of Europe".

    The conference will be held in a vast room, which was once the rotunda of Ottawa's Union Station. The conference room has been electronically tested for bugging devices and sealed off. Security guards patrol every corridor of the building, and walls are plastered with signs - pointing out security and non-security areas.

    Among the first arrivals in Ottawa was the recently-appointed Portuguese Foreign Minister, Dr. Mario Soares. However, most observers were waiting for US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, fresh from President Nixon's triumphant Middle East tour. He and his French counterpart, M. Jean Sauvagnargues, probably hold the key to the talks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA554RN2IKQ5JHB8E8K5Q8T6V35
    Media URN:
    VLVA554RN2IKQ5JHB8E8K5Q8T6V35
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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