TREATIES: Pacific Pact

The U.S. last week took an important step toward security in the Pacific : acting for the State Department, John Foster Dulles initiated a mutual-defense pact with Australia and New Zealand. The treaty, initialed at the same time by both South Pacific nations, calls for "continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid," establishes a Pacific council of foreign ministers to implement the plan. By its terms the three nations declare "their sense of unity, so that no potential aggressor will be under the illusion that any of them stands alone." Eventual aim: to bring all friendly Pacific nations into...

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