Editorial Note

President Truman’s approval of the recommendations for the integrated defense of the North Atlantic area was accompanied on the same day, January 27, by the signature in Washington of bilateral military assistance agreements with Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Also on January 27, the President issued an Executive Order, number 10099, authorizing the Secretary of State to proceed with the Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP) in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Administrator for Economic Cooperation.

For text of the accompanying statements by President Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, and Ambassador Wilhelm Munthe de Morgenstierne of Norway on behalf of his seven colleagues, see Department of State Bulletin, February 6, 1950, pages 198–199. The MDA agreements with Belgium, Denmark, France and Italy are printed on pages 200–211. The agreements with Luxembourg, Norway, and the United Kingdom are printed in the Bulletin, February 13, 1950, pages 247–256, and the agreement with the Netherlands appears in the following issue, February 20, 1950, pages 293–295. The Executive Order mentioned above is printed in the same issue, page 296. The agreements are also printed in United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (UST).