• Short Summary

    CANADIAN PROPOSALS TO CARRY OUT A PHASED REDUCTION OF CANADA'S 10,000-MAN MILITARY CONTINGENT IN EUROPE MET WITH CRITICISM TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING A ONE-DAY NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) DEFENCE MINISTERS' CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS.

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    CANADIAN PROPOSALS TO CARRY OUT A PHASED REDUCTION OF CANADA'S 10,000-MAN MILITARY CONTINGENT IN EUROPE MET WITH CRITICISM TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING A ONE-DAY NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION (NATO) DEFENCE MINISTERS' CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS. ALL OF NATO'S 15 MEMBER STATES EXCEPT FRANCE WERE REPRESENTED. FRANCE WITHDREW FROM THE ALLIANCE'S INTEGRATED MILITARY STRUCTURE IN 1966.

    GENERAL LYMAN L. LEMNITZER, NATO MILITARY COMMANDER ATTENDED THE MEETING.

    CANADIAN DEFENCE MINISTER, MR. LEO CADIEUX OUTLINED THE PLAN WHICH, INFORMED SOURCES SAID, CALLED FOR A TWO-THIRDS REDUCTION IN FORCE LEVELS IN EUROPE BETWEEN 1970 AND 1972. THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT APPEARED NOT TO HAVE GIVEN AN INCH ON ITS REDUCTION PROPOSALS DESPITE STRONG PRESSURES FROM ITS ALLIES.

    BRITISH DEFENCE SECRETARY DENIS HEALEY WARNED THAT THE WITHDRAWALS MIGHT LEAD TO SIMILAR CUTBACKS BY OTHER NATIONS. MR. HEALEY WAS QUOTED AS SAYING: "REDUCTIONS BY ONE COUNTRY MIGHT LEAD TO OTHERS DOING THE SAME THING ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT SOMEONE ELSE WOULD TAKE UP THE BUCK".

    MR. MELVIN LAIRD, SECRETARY OF DEFENCE OF THE UNITED STATES, IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE TIMING OF THE CANADIAN REDUCTION VERY VIGOROUSLY WITH MR. CADIEUX.

    ACCORDING TO A JOINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER THE CONFERENCE CANADA AND HER NATO ALLIES ARE TO BEGIN CONSULTATIONS IN THE "IMMEDIATE FUTURE" ON THE CANADIAN PROPOSALS.

    ANOTHER OUTCOME OF TODAY'S MEETING WAS AGREEMENT TO FORM AN INTERNATIONAL NATO FLEET IN THE MEDITERRANEAN TO WATCH SOVIET NAVAL ACTIVITY THERE. THE U.S., BRITAIN AND ITALY WILL EACH CONTRIBUTE ONE SHIP OF AT LEAST DESTROYER SIZE, WHILE TURKEY AND GREECE WILL PROVIDE THREE VESSELS BETWEEN THEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABK26B8C2W50RZQPJUSCMJZ4B1
    Media URN:
    VLVABK26B8C2W50RZQPJUSCMJZ4B1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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