• Short Summary

    FRANCE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TOLD HER PARTNERS IN THE WESTERN EUROPEAN UNION (WEU) THAT SHE WOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNCIL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

  • Description

    FRANCE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TOLD HER PARTNERS IN THE WESTERN EUROPEAN UNION (WEU) THAT SHE WOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNCIL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE MEETING TODAY OF THE PERMANENT COUNCIL IN LONDON WAS THEREFORE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST AS IT CONFIRMED FRANCE'S BOYCOTT, AND DEMONSTRATED THAT HER SIX PARTNERS ARE IN AGREEMENT ON THIS ISSUE.

    TROUBLE STARTED IN THE WEU TWO WEEKS AGO IN LUXEMBOURG, WHEN FRANCE WAS THE ONLY ONE OF THE SEVEN MEMBERS TO REJECT A DECISION THAT MEETINGS SHOULD BE HELD TO DISCUSS POLITICAL PROBLEMS LIKELY TO THREATEN PEACE. MR STEWART, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, INVOKED THIS DECISION WHEN PROPOSING A MEETING TO DISCUSS THE MIDDLE EAST IN LONDON LAST FRIDAY (14 FEB). THE FRENCH REFUSED TO ATTEND, CLAIMING THE MEETING WAS ILLEGAL AS THE DECISION TO HOLD IT HAD NOT BEEN UNANIMOUS.

    DESPITE STRONG FRENCH DIPLOMATIC PRESSURE NOT TO DO SO, ALL SIX OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WEU ATTENDED THE MEETING. AFTER IT FRANCE WARNED HER PARTNER TO POSTPONE OF CANCEL THE ROUTINE MEETING OF THE PERMANENT COUNCIL, BUT THEY REFUSED AND THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BOYCOTT THE WEU UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TODAY THE PERMANENT COUNCIL MET IN THE ABSENCE OF THE FRENCH DELEGATE FOR TWO HOURS AT THE WEU BUILDING IN GROSVENOR PLACE, LONDON.

    THE WEU WAS INAUGURATED IN MAY, 1955. IT WAS THEN AGREED THAT THE SEVEN FOREIGN MINISTERS SHOULD MEET FOUR TIMES A YEAR TO "TAKE STOCK OF THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION IN EUROPE." AFTER THE FRENCH VETO ON BRITISH ENTRY INTO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY (EEC), THE WEU COUNCIL BECAME THE ONLY EUROPEAN GROUP TO LINK BRITAIN WITH THE SIX COUNTRIES OF THE COMMON MARKET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5FGED363DORVXLGL5IUKSOP5D
    Media URN:
    VLVA5FGED363DORVXLGL5IUKSOP5D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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