The new Secretary-General of NATO, Dr. Joseph Luns of the Netherlands, told reporters in Brussels?
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: LUNS: "I do hope that the next military task of NATO it will be possible-to give more emphasis on the political parts and I think already we have done excellent work, it started already in Reykjavik and this week there will be two very important dates when we hope to appoint a exploratory, if that is the right word, in order to talk to Moscow and the other Warsaw Pact Powers with a view to arrive at a better understanding and with a view to start talks on the mutual and balanced reduction of forces which was a NATO initiative as you will remember.
QUESTION: Which will be your information policy of NATO?
LUNS: We have a Dutch saying which is "every bird sings the way it has been born." I shall continue to do as I was during the nineteen years that I was Foreign Minister. Some liked it, a few acutely disliked it, but you can't please everybody, and your mother-in-law, as you know."
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Background: The new Secretary-General of NATO, Dr. Joseph Luns of the Netherlands, told reporters in Brussels on Friday (october 1) that he hoped the Atlantic Alliance would play an increased political role in the future. Dr. Luns, former Dutch Foreign Minister, was speaking to journalists when he arrived to take up his appointment at NATO headquarters.
He described next week's meeting of NATO Deputy Foreign Ministers, which is to discuss East-West troop reductions in Europe, as "very important politically." Dr. Luns also said he hoped to appoint within a week an "explorer" to begin talks with Moscow and other Warsaw Pact countries.