Friday, March 26, 2010

Cold War defence alliance to wind down

Cold War defence alliance to wind down: "The Cold War-era Western European Union defence alliance, set up in the wake of World War II, is to cease functioning, its assembly's head Robert Walter said on Wednesday.
'The WEU as an organisation will be wound down within a year or so,' said British parliamentarian Walter, who presides over the Paris-based assembly of the international grouping.
The body was initiated by Belgium, Britain, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1948 and later expanded to include Germany, Italy, Spain and others."