Appendix C: NATO Chapter Two
Negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in EuropeProposal Submitted by the Delegations of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Federal
Republic of Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States
Objectives1. The agreed objectives of this negotiation are:
2. Through the proposals set out below the Delegations of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States
seek to establish a situation in which surprise attack and large-scale offensive actions are
no longer credible options. We pursue this aim on the basis of equal respect for the security interests of all. Our proposals make up a coherent whole and are intended to be applied
simultaneously and in their totality in the area of application, as defined in the mandate.
|the establishment of a secure and stable balance of conventional forces at lower levels;|
|the elimination of disparities prejudicial to stability and security;|
|the elimination, as a matter of high priority, or the capability for launching surprise
attack and for initiating large-scale offensive action.|
Rationale3. The rationale for our proposals is as follows:
|the present concentration of forces in the area from the Atlantic to the Urals is the
highest ever known in peacetime and represents the greatest destructive potential ever
assembled. Overall levels of forces, particularly those relevant to surprise attack and offensive action such as tanks, artillery and armored troop carriers, must therefore be radically
reduced. It is the substantial disparity in the numbers of these systems, all capable of rapid
mobility and high firepower, which most threatens stability in Europe. These systems are
also central to the seizing and holding of territory, the prime aim of any aggressor;|
|no one country should be permitted to dominate Europe by force of arms: no participant should therefore possess more than a fixed proportion of the total holdings|
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Book title: On Disarmament:The Role of Conventional Arms Control in National Security Strategy.
Contributors: Ralph A. Hallenbeck - Editor, David E. Shaver - Editor, William F. Burns - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1991.
Page number: 193.
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