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  • 1967 - 1974 (Creation)

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The POLADS(1) series was established in the early 1960's to forward in an informal manner communications from the Chairman or the Secretary of the Political Committee to individual members of delegations. Originally produced on a hectograph machine as a "blue", the documents of this series were subsequently stencilled and circulated by the Central Registry. They were microfilmed as a series from 1970. From 2004 onwards the series ceased to exist as a separate series and was circulated as a subset of the AC/119 series.

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This series includes draft papers for submission to the Political Committee, draft reports of the various expert working groups and more generally preparatory work for the Political Committee as well as contributions by delegations.
For the period 1973-1974, the documents include the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions discussions in Vienna, national contributions on Soviet relations with the West, Sino-Soviet relations, a Swiss proposal for a European system for the peaceful settlement of disputes, and the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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Documents are grouped by year and number.

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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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Documents are generally issued in each of the two official languages of NATO, English and French. In some exceptional instances, they are issued in only one language.

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(1) The abbreviation POLADS means “Political Advisers”.

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