The United States President-elect, Mr. Jimmy Carter, has pledged to strengthen the American commitment to?
GV: North Atlantic Treaty Organisations' (NATO) Brussels headquarters.
GV: officials arrive for NATO Foreign Ministers meeting as NATO staff demonstration for better pay and conditions.
GV: NATO Secretary General Dr. Joseph Luns arriving.
GV: U. S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger arrives past demonstrators.
SV: officials enter conference hall.
GV PAN: conference hall.
SV: Dr. Kissinger talking to NATO Supreme Commander Europe, General Alexander Haigh.
CU: Dr. Luns conference chairman seated.
SV: British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Anthony Crosland, seated.
GV PAN FROM: Portuguese delegation to Turkish representatives.
SV: Norwegian delegation seated.
SV: Dutch representatives.
SV: Luxembourg representatives.
SV: Dr. Kissinger seated.
GTV: representatives from Denmark, Canada and Belgium.
LV: conference hall.
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Background: The United States President-elect, Mr. Jimmy Carter, has pledged to strengthen the American commitment to the north Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). In a massage delivered by out-going U. S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Mr. Carter told the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday (9 December) that the alliance was the essential instrument for enhancing the collective security of the West.
SYNOPSIS: Before the meeting got underway, arriving delegations were greeted by NATO staff demonstrating for higher pay. However, that issue did not feature on the conference agenda. As NATO Secretary General, Dr. Joseph Luns, stated, the question foremost in the minds of the 15-nation alliance was the growing military might of the Soviet Union in relation to NATO forces.
Dr. Luns described the message Dr. Kissinger brought to the conference from Mr. Carter as an excellent and timely tonic for NATO. He said that it was just what the alliance required at this moment. In his message, Mr. Carter said the American commitment to maintaining the organisation would be sustained and strengthened under his administration. It was the first direct policy statement to Europe by Mr. Carter since he was elected President last month.
For Dr. Kissinger -- here talking with the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Alexander High -- that election signalled the end of his term as Secretary of State. During the conference the foreign ministers heard Dr. Kissinger warn that the greatest long-term threat facing the West was that Soviet military capability would increase as its industrial capacity grew.
The U. S. Secretary of State said the Soviet Union should be given incentives to act responsibly in international relations. Dr. Kissinger added that the Soviet Union did not get involved in Angola through some pre-determined plane -- but because it had the capacity and willingness to exploit a political opportunity that presented itself.