Editorial Note

A major obstacle to completion of the bilateral MDAP agreements was the presence of Article VII in the November 2 draft bilateral. The paragraph read as follows: “The two Governments recognize their mutual interest, consistent with mutual security and recovery objectives, in effective controls over the export of war-potential materials, equipment and, insofar as practicable, technical data; and the two Governments will consult with a view to taking measures for the accomplishment of these ends.”

The participating countries favored deletion of Article VII, believing that it raised serious parliamentary issues and impeded accomplishment of the objectives of the agreement. The Department of State agreed to deletion, provided that the assurance of adequate controls over exports of war-potential materials be treated in some other form of agreement. (840.00R/1–1650)