255. Proposal of the French Delegation1



So far as disarmament is concerned, the French Government suggests that the four Governments should state their agreement on the three following proposals:

A disarmament programme, based on the different proposals made by the Sub-Committee of the U.N. Disarmament Commission, shall be completed as quickly as possible. To be effective, this programme must include control, which the Four Powers have recognised to be necessary, and the practical methods of applying such control, which they request their representatives on that Sub-Committee to determine at an early date, particularly as concerns mutual inspection of military installations of every kind belonging to these states, and common inspection of the armed forces stationed in certain areas of Europe.
Part of the reduction effected in military expenditure shall be allocated, in a form to be determined, to raising the living standard of under-developed countries. The Sub-Committee of the U.N. Disarmament Commission, which consists of representatives of Canada in addition to those of the Four Powers represented here, shall be invited to decide on the methods to be used for financing, supervising and distributing the proposed funds made available for transfer.
The military expenditure of each state, shall, without delay be widely publicized. To make this possible, a properly qualified body, which might be the Secretariat of the U.N. Disarmament Commission, shall, receive declarations from these states, make certain that the definition of military expenditure is interpreted by all of them in the same sense, and verify that their armed forces and military installations really correspond to the statements in the budgets remitted to it.

  1. Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 63 D 123, CF 514. Translation.