|WEU President Meets with the French Defence Minister |
WEU President Meets with the French Defence Minister
Paris -- February 9, 1999 (WEU) -- Mr. Lluis Maria de Puig, President of the Assembly of WEU, will today have a meeting with Mr. Alain Richard, the French Minister for Defence. Their talks will focus mainly on developments in the process that started at the Franco-British Saint-Malo summit. Mr. de Puig will also inform Mr. Richard of the WEU Assembly¹s decision to hold an extraordinary meeting of its Standing Committee in Paris on 16 March, reflecting the Assembly¹s resolve to articulate its point of view in the preparatory work that will lead to the adoption:
- of a new Strategic Concept for the Atlantic Alliance at the Washington Summit to be held in April, and
- of measures designed to build a "defence" dimension into the CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy) at the European Union summit to be held in Cologne in June.
- At its extraordinary meeting in Paris on 16 March, the Standing Committee will discuss and adopt two reports: "WEU and European defence: beyond Amsterdam", submitted by the President of the Assembly, Mr. de Puig, and "The NATO Summit and its implications for Europe" submitted by Mr. Cox (Labour, United Kingdom).
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