At a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday evening (6th October) NATO Secretary General, Dr Joseph Luns, outlined the responsibilities of NATO's special envoy....
GV Luns & officials enter hall & take seats
SCU Luns speaking(SOF)
DR LUNS: "The representatives of these governments, in accordance with paragraph 16 of the Lisbon communique discussed and approved the mandate of a representative to conduct exploratory talks with the Soviet Government and other interested governments. It was decided that a representative should speak on behalf of the countries appointing him, and not for the Alliance as such. As you know there are 14 countries. His task will be to explore and to explain the views of allied countries appointing him on principles for mutual and balanced force reductions and on the question of a forum for eventual negotiation He should sound out his interlocutors with regard to their intentions on mutual and balanced force reductions and on negotiating fora and seek their reactions to the ideas expressed. Point 3....Representatives of the countries which issued the Declarations of Reykjavik and Rome invited Mr Brosio to be the representative. He has accepted this invitation".
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Background: At a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday evening (6th October) NATO Secretary General, Dr Joseph Luns, outlined the responsibilities of NATO's special envoy....Mr Manlio Brosio, former Secretary-General.
Dr Luns said the further initiatives(such as this) of the Allied Governments concerned, reflected their belief that the reduction of the danger of military confrontation in Europe could provide for increased security and stability towards which they had been consistently striving.