Visnews June 1 st Geneva, Switzerland, filmed the four Foreign Ministers arriving at Soviet Minister Gromyko's villa for secret talks - which proved another "deadlock" round in the Little Summit conference series.
Visnews June 1 st Geneva, Switzerland, filmed the four Foreign Ministers arriving at Soviet Minister Gromyko's villa for secret talks - which proved another "deadlock" round in the Little Summit conference series. The Ministers arrived by car. Gromyko's followed by France's M. Couve de Murville, Mr. Christian Herter, USA and Britain's Selwyn Lloyd.
Two and a quarter hours later, after a "tit-for-tat" phase about East-West Berlin the Big Four left the villa. Little progress seems to have been made and hopes of any major concession by Russia on Berlin are fading.
Russia still insists that Western troops should not be in Western Berlin on an "occupation" basis. The Western Powers' however, are standing firm in their determination not to withdraw the troops.
The firm deadlock on Berlin is thought to be tasking West German Chancellor Adenauer's patience. Unless the West can make an all-out bid to wring concessions from the Russians, it is believed the West Germans may stage a "walk-out".
At Gromyko's suggestion, there is to be a plenary semi-public session June 2 followed at the Western Powers' suggestion by a further private meeting at Mr. Herter's villa in the evening.
The Foreign Ministers' Conference was overshadowed June 1 following a London Newspaper suggestion that Mr. Selwyn Lloyd would shortly cease to be Foreign Secretary. This was quickly denies by a personal telegram to Mr. Lloyd from Premier Macmillan expressing the Government's full support and confidence to him.