Subseries PARMI - Messages from the Standing Group Liaison Office Paris


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Messages from the Standing Group Liaison Office Paris


  • 1952 - 1967 (Creation)

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This chronological series contains the messages produced by the secretariat of the SG Liaison Office in Paris (SGLO, renamed SGREP after 25 December 1956) and sent to: -the military authorities in Washington (to inform them about ongoing discussions and request instructions) -the NATO institutions in Paris (to communicate the position of the military authorities) The SGLO/SGREP served as the link between the the military authorities based in Washington (the Standing Group - SG, the Military Representatives Committee - MRC, and the Military Committee in Permanent Session - MC/PS) and the Council, committees and International Staff (IS) based in Europe. The Director of the SGLO/SGREP was tasked with informing the military authorities and communicating their points of view. He therefore needed a thorough knowledge of the SG's positions and had to be able to anticipate potential problems. He achieved this by making frequent trips to Washington, taking part in meetings of the Military Committee in Chiefs of Staff Session (MC/CS) and of the SG in London, then in Paris and at SHAPE, and also by exchanging memoranda and messages.

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The PARMIs that have been preserved present:
• the Secretary General's biennial activity reports
• proposals relating to:

  • defence planning
  • military requirements (training, equipment and staff)
  • protection and classification of NATO documents
  • France's role following its withdrawal from the integrated command in 1966

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The PARMIs are messages produced by the SG Liaison Office in Paris. Their reference is the acronym followed by a publication number (e.g. PARMI-1060).

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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (

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The PARMI series of documents was issued in English.

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In total, more than 2,000 PARMI messages were produced. 27 have been preserved at the International Military Staff (IMS) Registry and digitized. Only one PARMI has been declassified and publicly disclosed.

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