Haekkerup, Per
July 1964
Foreign Affairs;Jul1964, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p675
Academic Journal
The article presents a short account of a separate national military forces which are in permanent readiness available to the United Nations set up by Denmark, together with Norway and Sweden. The assumption that the Scandinavian stand-by forces can assist only in the implementation of peace-keeping measures also implies that these forces can never take part in offensive fighting. It is evident, however, that they must have the right to act in self-defense. The force will be placed under the exclusive control of the United Nations. The only modification here is that it will remain under national jurisdiction in matters of penal law. The force will consist of units from the army, navy and air force, including staff officers, transport units, observers, etc. Most of the personnel will be conscript soldiers who have completed normal military service and who will be recruited on a voluntary basis. The cost of establishing and maintaining these forces will be borne by the individual Scandinavian countries up to the time when the force is placed at the disposal of the United Nations.


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