Remarks Following the
The President. I promised a statement.
I have a statement. Today's meetings have been extremely productive. There is a
strong sense of unity in the alliance, as reflected in the statement on
conventional imbalance in
effective defenses are vital. We're determined to ensure that the alliance's
defenses remain strong. We'll continue to cooperate on better and more
efficient ways to maintain our defenses. Second, we also seek to strengthen
stability through effective and verifiable conventional arms reduction. Large
asymmetrical reductions in the Warsaw Pact tanks and artillery, which pose the
greatest threat to peace, are essential in meeting this goal; but arms
reduction is not enough. Arms are only the symptom, not the cause of the
political division of
my meetings in
Reporter. Mr. President, if I could try a question I asked you earlier: Some critics are saying that at this summit you're papering over some of the real differences within NATO about burden-sharing and what to do about modernizing with short-range nuclear weapons.
The President. I have to say first that that is the only question. I'm going to get back where it's warm now. But that's the only question -- that actually there's no foundation for the question. There are no great fundamental differences there. I have never seen such harmony and togetherness as we have. And all of the statements that were made today -- and every head of state had an opportunity to speak in there -- all of them were supportive of what's going on and what we're doing.
Q. Disagree about anything, sir?
The President. What?
Q. Disagree about anything in all those hours?
Secretary Shultz. Here's the conventional arms -- --
Q. Mr. Secretary, I never got it hand-delivered. [Laughter] Did the President disagree about anything, though, sir?
The President. No.
The President. No.
Q. Mr. President, what do you think that the Secretary can accomplish by going back to the Middle East when, in fact, he returned last night with no concrete signs of progress there?
The President. Well, he came back here temporarily to participate in what was going on here today, and now he's going back.
Note: The President spoke at outside of Chateau Stuyvenberg. A tape was not available for verification of the contents of the remarks.