NATO Defence Ministers began two-days of top-secret meetings in the Hague on Tuesday (6 November) with the Middle East conflict, oil supplies and relations between the United States and Europe, reported to be among the issues under discussion.
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Background: NATO Defence Ministers began two-days of top-secret meetings in the Hague on Tuesday (6 November) with the Middle East conflict, oil supplies and relations between the United States and Europe, reported to be among the issues under discussion.
The Ministers and senior officials from eight Western Alliance states, including United States, Britain and West Germany, were holding a regular twice-yearly session of the NATO Nuclear Planning Group.
The Group is mainly designed to give non-nuclear powers in the alliance a chance to contribute their ideas to NATO nuclear policy in Western Europe.
But Tuesday's discussions were dominated by the need to halt the deterioration in relations between the United States and her European allies over Washington's Middle East policy.
The Americans and the Europeans had been involved in angry exchanges during the previous fortnight, sparked by President Nixon's surprise decision to order a full world alert of U.S. forces.
The alert was ordered amid reports that the Soviet union might send forces to the Middle East. What angered the European members of NATO, was that they were informed only after the stand-by had taken effect.
U.S. Secretary of Defence James Schlesinger cooled some of heat of the transatlantic dispute after fielding questions about Mr. Nixon's decision, during the first day's meeting. But there was still reported to be pressure to re-examine NATO's consultative procedures.
NATO Secretary-General Joseph Luns said before the NATO meetings began, that Arab oil outs did not present a threat to the Atlantic Alliances. But oil supplies were expected to be high on the agenda of the meetings.
The NATO Ministers were also expected to study the role played by missiles in last month's Middle East War.
Ministers attending the meeting came from the United States, Britain, West Germany, and Italy -- who are all permanent members of the NATO Nuclear Planning group -- and from Canada, Greece, Holland and Norway.