The Dutch parliament has rejected an opposition call for further investigations into NATO Secretary-General, Joseph Luns' membership of the Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSB) in eth 1930's.
GV INTERIOR: Dutch Parliament.
SV: Socialist Party leader, Joop Den Uyl speaking in Dutch.
SV: Dutch Prime Minister Andreas Van Agt speaking to parliament.
After leaving Amsterdam University with a Law degree in 1937, Dr. Luns studied political economy in London and Berlin. During the war he worked for the Netherlands government in exile, which was based in London.
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Background: The Dutch parliament has rejected an opposition call for further investigations into NATO Secretary-General, Joseph Luns' membership of the Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSB) in eth 1930's. Prime Minister Andreas Van Agt says the government accepts the explanation of former Foreign Minister Luns that he was enrolled as a member by his brother and didn't had any sympathy for the movement.
SYNOPSIS: Concern in the Netherlands began with a report by the Dutch War Documentation Institute which said that Dr. Luns was a member of the Nazi NSB from 1933 to 1936. The government granted an emergency debate in parliament on Thursday (8 March).
The opposition Socialist Party tabled the motion calling for further investigations. Party leader Joop den Uyl said during the debate that whether Dr. Luns had consciously been a NSB member whilst at Amsterdam University was unimportant. Calling for the government to verify Dr. Luns' statements, Mr. den Uyl said the disclosure had compromised the position of the NATO leader and damaged Dutch prestige abroad.
Dr. Luns was the Dutch Foreign Minister for fifteen years before joining Nato in 1971. He is one of the most experienced and respected statesman in Europe. Prime Minister Van Agt said the government did not feel the former Minister's membership of the NSB warranted any further action. A statement by the NATO leader said that his brother registered him with eth NSB. But when his brother realised that he, Dr. Luns, had no sympathy for the party, the membership was cancelled. The Dutch parliament rejected the Opposition's call for further investigations by a margin of twelve votes.