• Short Summary

    THE SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION PARLIAMENTARIANS OPENED IN PARIS, FRANCE, NOV 13.

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    GV NATO BUILDING.
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    2.
    SV DITTO.
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    3.
    TGV SESSION IN PROGRESS.
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    4.
    SV UNITED STATES DELEGATION.
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    STV UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION.
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    SV WEST GERMAN DELEGATION.
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    SV FRENCH DELEGATION.
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    SV CANADIAN DELEGATION.
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    SV BELGIAN DELEGATION.
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    TV ITALIAN DELEGATION.
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    11.
    GV SESSION IN PROGRESS.
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    12.
    SV STIKKER (SOF STARTS: "IN ITS 12 YEARS OF EXISTENCE."....... SOF ENDS:.. "WHICH FACES US TODAY".)
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    13.
    SV US DELEGATION.
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    14.
    SV STIKKER (SOF STARTS: "ARE WE THEN INEVITABLY DOOMED".............. SOF ENDS:. "AND LET EVENTS TAKE THEIR COURSE.")
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    15.
    GTV DELEGATES APPLAUD. (SOF)
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    16.
    SV NORSTAO (SOF STARTS: "THE CRISIS WHICH DEVELOPED........ SOF ENDS:..."OF ALLIED COMMAND, EUROPE.")
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    17.
    SV UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION.
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    18.
    SV NORSTAD (SOF STARTS: "THE WORLD HAS BEEN SHOCKED"........... SOF ENDS:..... "TO MEET THE CHALLENGE.")
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    19.
    GV ASSEMBLY.
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 12: STIKKER: "IN ITS 12 YEARS OF EXISTENCE, NATO HAS FACED MANY GRAVE SITUATIONS; BUT I DOUBT IF ANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN MORE SERIOUS THAN THAT WHICH FACES IT TODAY...ARE WE THEN INEVITABLY DOOMED TO A LIFE-AND-DEATH STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS TO DECIDE WHICH SHALL BE THE ONE TO SURVIVE? I THINK NOT. TO BE SURE, IF SUCH A STRUGGLE WERE FORCED UPON US, AS IT MIGHT WELL BE, I KNOW WE WILL NOT FLINCH, AND I AM CONVINCED THAT OUR SIDE WOULD WIN. I BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT AS INTELLIGENT AND MORALLY MOTIVATED HUMAN BEINGS, WE MUST NOT CONTENT OURSELVES WITH THIS STATEMENT AND LET EVENTS TAKE THEIR COURSE."



    SEQ. 16: NORSTAD: "THE CRISIS WHICH HAS DEVELOPED OVER BERLIN HAS NOT CHANGED OUR BASIC TASKS. IT HAS, HOWEVER, COMPELLED US TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF OUR FORCES, OUR EQUIPMENT AND OUR ORGANISATION, AND TO TAKE URGENT AND IMPORTANT STEPS TO IMPROVE OUR POSTURE. ON BEHALF OF MY COMMAND, I PRESENTED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND, IN TURN, THE NATO COUNCIL IN THE COURSE OF THE SUMMER A STUDY WHICH SET FORTH A PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE MEMBER NATIONS OF NATO - A PLAN WHICH WOULD RAPIDLY IMPROVE THE MILITARY STRENGTH OF ALLIED COMMAND, EUROPE... THE WORLD HAS BEEN SHOCKED BY THE COMMUNISTS' USE OF BARBED WIRE AND CONCRETE WALLS TO PLACE LIMITS ON FREEDOM AND TO DENY FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THESE ACTIONS HAVE IMPRESSED FREE MEN EVERYWHERE WITH THE VALUE OF FREEDOM. THEY HAVE REINFORCED THE DETERMINATION OF THE WESTERN ALLIES TO MEET THE CHALLENGE."




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    Background: THE SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION PARLIAMENTARIANS OPENED IN PARIS, FRANCE, NOV 13. IT IS BEING ATTENDED BY 200 DELEGATES OF THE 15 MEMBER NATIONS, AND WILL LAST FOR FIVE DAYS. A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KENNEDY OF THE UNITED STATES WAS READ TO THE ASSEMBLED PARLIAMENTARIANS.

    HE SAID THAT IN CENTRAL EUROPE "OUR DESTINIES ARE SOMETIMES FOCUSED ON THE SHALL POINT OF A BAYONET", AND HE REITERATED HIS CONVICTION THAT GROUND FORCES AT PRESENT WERE PROBABLY AS IMPORTANT TO THE ALLIANCE AS THEY HAD EVER BEEN. IT WAS FOR THE LEADERS OF NATO TO PRODUCE STRATEGIES THAT WOULD DETER WAR AND, IF POSSIBLE, PREVENT ANY OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES.

    SPEAKERS ON THE FIRST DAY WERE DR. STIKKER, NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL; GENERAL LAURIS NORSTAD, SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER, EUROPE; AND MR. ELVIS STAHR, U.S. ARMY SECRETARY. DR STIKKER SAID THE INTERNATIONAL SITUATION HAD DETERIORATED IN THE LAST YEAR - "WE ARE BACK IN THE GRIMMEST DAYS OF THE COLD WAR, IF NOT WORSE". HE ADDED:
    GENERAL NORSTAD REPORTED THAT RECENT REINFORCEMENTS TO NATO HAD BROUGHT ALLIED STRENGTH UP TO 21 DIVISIONS FROM 15 OR 16 LAST YEAR. THIS WOULD SOON BE FURTHER INCREASED TO 25 DIVISIONS, MOST OF WHICH WOULD BE MAINTAINED READY FOR ACTIVE SERVICE. ON BERLIN, HE SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95JFR8RRPHJ1TPW98D50DMRH4
    Media URN:
    VLVA95JFR8RRPHJ1TPW98D50DMRH4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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