Representatives of the nations of the European Economic Community (minus Denmark and Ireland) met in Bonn on Monday (26 May) for the opening of the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Western European Union (WEU).
GV INT Assembly Hall with officials on platform
GV PAN & ZOOM FROM Audience TO Mr. Nessler speaking in French
GV Audience applauds
SV Mr. Mulley speaks in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MULLEY: "My Government stands by the commitment we undertook in the modified Brussels Treaty as firmly today was when we ratified the Treaty in 1955. Indeed, these essentially European commitments have remained the cornerstones of our defence policy and a primary contribution to the Western Alliance. The same is true of NATO, to whom the WEU has delegated its defence functions, apart from the valuable work it has done in the field of standardisation and arms control, and we see NATO as having a vital role, not only in defence, but in achieving detente, arms control and disarmament as well.
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Background: Representatives of the nations of the European Economic Community (minus Denmark and Ireland) met in Bonn on Monday (26 May) for the opening of the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Western European Union (WEU).
The week-long session, being held in the Bundeshaus of the West German Parliament, marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the WEU.
The WEU had its origins following the failure of plans for the European Defence Community (EDC). It was formed in accordance with the 1954 Paris Agreements modifying the Brussels Treaty originally concluded between France, the United Kingdom and the Benelux countries in 1948. The Federal Republic of Germany and Italy then acceded to the Brussels Treaty and simultaneously became members of NATO.
In accordance with articles of the United Nations' Charter and the Brussels Treaty, the WEU member nations undertook, in the event of one of them being the object of an armed attack in Europe, to afford it: "all the military and other aid and assistance in their power." In short, it was a step towards attempting to ensure an end to the devastating recurrence of European continental wars. It was also an important move towards the formation of the EEC.
This week's session will discuss topics which include, the State of European Security; Production of Missiles in Europe; and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
This film includes a statement in French by the President of the WEU, M. Edmond Nessler. It also includes a statement in English by Britain's Minister for Transport, Mr. Fred Mulley.
SYNOPSIS: The Western European Union's annual session was opened in Bonn on Monday by its President, Monsieur Edmond Nessler, of France.
It was the twentieth anniversary of the organisation which has been an important organ of the European movement and a strong link for co-operation within NATO. However, Monsieur Nessler told the session: "All our countries belong to the Atlantic Alliance. For the Alliance to be loyal and balanced, it is the duty of each member to make every effort compatible with its resources. They cannot continue to impose upon American generosity..
The week-long session in the Bundeshaus of West Germany's Parliament will discuss such issues as: The State of European Defence and the Production of Missiles in Europe. The WEU had its origins following the failure of the European Defence Community and was formed in accordance with the nineteen-fifty-four Paris Agreements. It modified the Brussels Treaty concluded in nineteen-forty-eight between France, Britain and the Benelux countries. Germany and Italy joined later. It now includes all the Common Market countries except Denmark and Ireland.
Essentially it has been aimed at attempting to ensure an end to European continental wars. Following Mr. Nessler's address, Britain's Minister for Transport -- Mr. Fred Mulley--spoke: