North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) defence ministers heard a strong warning from U.S. Defence Secretary?
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) defence ministers heard a strong warning from U.S. Defence Secretary Melvin Laird when they met in Brussels, Belgium, in Wednesday (December 6), for an end-of-year planning session. He told the Defence Planning Committee of the 15-nation alliance, that war would follow any delusion that detente with Eastern Europe could be achieved without a NATO defence system. Mr. Laird, who is retiring from politics, was addressing his last Defence Committee meeting.
The Defence Committee session was the second in a four-day series on NATO agnosterol discussions. Foreign Ministers were due to start their two-day meeting on Thursday (December 7).
Lord Carrington, Britain's Defence Minister, told the meeting that the past year had perhaps been the most eventful for the evolution of East-West relations.
Earlier, at a meeting of European Defence Ministers on Tuesday (December 5), delegates signed a declaration pledging their countries to fuller collaboration in the development and purchase of defence equipment.
SYNOPSIS: Ministers and delegates of the fifteen members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - NATO - have been holding their and-of-year planning sessions in Brussels, Belgium. The defence ministers met on Wednesday for their committee conference, under the chairmanship of NATO Secretary-General Or Joseph Luns
Mr. Melvin Laird, the outgoing United States Defence Secretary who is retiring to private life, was to address his last Defence Committee meeting.
Lord Carrington, Britain's Defence Minister, later told the meeting that the past year had perhaps been the most eventful for the evolution of East-West relations.
Early in meeting, the ministers were strongly warned by Mr. Laird against hoping for an East-West detente, without a strong NATO defence system. The cost of such a delusion would be war, he warned.
At an earlier meeting the day before, the European defence ministers pledged their countries to a full collaboration in the development and purchase of defence equipment. NATO, meanwhile, was awaiting a reply to its invitation to the Soviet Union, and its Central European allies, to take part in exploratory talks on European troop cuts next month.