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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954. Western European Security (in two parts)
(1952-1954)

I. Continuing participation of the United States in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,   pp. 1-Plate 9 PDF (224.7 MB)


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I. CONTINUING PARTICIPATION OF THE UNITED
   STATES IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY
   ORGANIZATION
 A. PARTICIPATION BY THE UNITED STATES IN THE NINTH
   SESSION OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL, LISBON,
   FEBRUARY 20-25, AND THE MEETINGS OF FOREIGN MINIS-
   TERS IN LONDON, FEBRUARY 13-19, AND LISBON, FEBRU-
   ARY 20-26, 1952
1. ARRANGEMENTS        AND    PREPARATIONS      FOR    THE
  NINTH SESSION OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL IN
  LISBON AND THE MEETINGS OF THE FOREIGN MINIS-
  TERS IN LONDON AND LISBON
740.5/1-852
       Foreign Minister Schuman to the Secretary of State 1
                                      PARIs, January 2, 1952.
  My DEAR COLLEAGUE: I have -already informed Mr. David Bruce
of our need to request the postponement of the Lisbon Conference
to Feb 9.
  I now write you to explain to you, in a personal way, the impera-
tive reasons which oblige me to take this position. The Fr Parliament
will recess from Jan 9 to Jan 29-now it has been most solemnly
understood here that, prior to the Lisbon meeting, the National
Assembly was to authorize the Fr Govt to commit itself definitively
to the course of the Eur Army. It is manifestly impossible to hold
the important debate which will be necessary between Jan _29 and
Feb 2.
  On the other hand, the premature recall of the Assembly wld have,
without doubt, an unfortunate effect on the attitude of the Assembly.
Your own experience in politics will permit you to agree with me on
this point.
  In the very interest of the success of our projects, I am thus led
  'The source text is a "free translation" transmitted to the Department
of
State in telegram 3953, Jan. 3, from Paris with special instructions -to
distribute
only on authority from the Secretary of State's office.
  'The telegraphic source text also includes the following French original
inter-
polated at this point: "a s'engager d~finitivement dans la vole de l'arm~e
Europdenne".
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