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Svalbard Archipelago: Nato Commitment

Volume 447: debated on Monday 6 February 1984

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether it is within the remit of NATO to protect, if necessary by force of arms, the demilitarised status of the Svalbard archipelago, which is part of the sovereign territory of Norway, a member of NATO.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are committed, under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, to consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened.