British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden speaks about a forthcoming meeting of NATO.
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Foreign Office, London. There are various takes but they cover most of the points in this speech. He also talks about the Western European Union (WEU).
VS of British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden seated, says: "I am going over to Paris tomorrow for a meeting of the North Atlantic Council. It will last two days and I expect we shall all be kept busy. A December meeting of Ministers is now an established practice, it marks the climax of the NATO year. The main task of the Council is to approve the Report prepared by the International staff on the military effort of the members of N.A.T.O. The Report shows what has been achieved up to date, and recommends what should be done in future, what forces each member should contribute and how they should be equipped. This planning of the future is a complicated business and not only a matter of foreign affairs. Our Defence Minister, Mr (Harold) Macmillan will be coming over with me. The Chancellor of the Exchequer cannot get away this year but a Minister for the Treasury will be there in his place. The other N.A.T.O. countries will send similar delegations. I am looking forward to meeting my friend Mr Dulles again. It is always good to be able to discuss with him personally the many problems which affect our two countries. And of course I shall meet the French Prime Minister, Monsieur Mendes-France, Mr Pearson of Canada and many other NATO statesmen. These Council Meetings are important events, when we sit round the table any delegation is free to raise any subject it wishes. It may be a particular problem affecting only one of the fourteen countries or it may be a problem common to all of us. NATO is far more than a mere military alliance. It is a voluntary association of peoples who share common hopes and principles. Up to now we have had to concentrate on building up our defences. It is a slower business to develop co-operation along other paths but that is our aim. We seek to achieve not only security, but with it, unity prosperity and enduring peace."
(Comb.Lav.) NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.