President Eisenhower went on television tonight, and talked to the American people about the summit conference failure, the U2 policy, and the future of East West Relationships.
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Background: President Eisenhower went on television tonight, and talked to the American people about the summit conference failure, the U2 policy, and the future of East West Relationships.
After describing the events in Paris, when Kruschev made 'extreme demands', Mr. Eisenhower spoke of the advantages gained.....
"In evaluating the results, I think we must not write all the record in red ink. There are several things to be written in black. Perhaps the Soviet action has turned the clock back in some measure, but it should be noted that Mr. Kruschev did not go beyond invective - a time-worn Soviet device to achieve an immediate objective.
On our side at Paris we demonstrated once again America's willingness, and that of her allies, always to go the extra mile in behalf of peace. Once again Soviet intrasigence reminded us all of the unpredictability of despotic rule, and the need for those who work for freedom to stand together in determination and strength.
The conduct of our allies was magnificent. My colleagues and friends (President de Gaulle and Prime Minister Macmillan) stood sturdily with the American delegation in spite of persistent soviet attempts to split the western group.
The Nato meeting after the Paris Conference showed unprecedented unity and support for the alliance and the position taken at the summit meeting. I salute our allies for us all.
We must continue businesslike dealings with the soviet leaders on outstanding issues and improve the contacts between our own and the soviet peoples, making clear the path of reason and common sense is still open if the soviets will but use it.
Soviet distrust, however, does still remain. To allay these misgivings offered five years ago to open our skies to soviet reconnaissance aircraft on a reciprocal basis. The soviets refused. That offer is still open."