Mr. Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the British Labour Party, July 15, reaffirmed that while the?
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LV. Gaitskell (S.O.F.) "The alliance in certain circumstances........ intolerable situation...
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 9): MR. GAITSKELL: "The alliance in certain circumstances must continue ... that there are weaknesses in it - that there are weaknesses particularly in this matter concerning nuclear weapons which must be dealt with. So I avow again it must be our continuing objective to seek possible settlement, both because they will remove the most dangerous friction (sound on film fades..)..... to war, and also because for other reasons, the very existence of disputes almost certainly involves the people concerned in an almost intolerable situation.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 10): MR. GAITSKELL: The Western Power have no option but to reject the Soviet proposals over West Berlin. I mean the original proposals put forward last November. For certainly, a you have said Mr. Chairman in your opening address, we have no intention of abandoning our friends who are still free in West Berlin and allowing a situation to develop in that they are swallowed up in a Communist Eastern Germany We can also agree, as we do, that while rejecting the Soviet proposals for West Berlin, it is vital that we should discuss with the Soviet Union, the problem. We can also agree on a (sound fades) that from our point of view the solution to the problem on Berlin can only come about through a reunified Germany, because then obviously the problem would automatically cease to exist - if this reunification should come about - not through the use of force but on the basis of free elections."
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Background: Mr. Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the British Labour Party, July 15, reaffirmed that while the West rejected the Soviet proposals for West Berlin, it was vital that the problem should be discussed with the Soviet Union. He was addressing delegates at the sixth congress of the Socialist International Hamburg, West Germany. His talk was heard attentively by his colleague, Mr. Bevan, Herr Brandt, Mayor of West Berlin, and West Germany Social Democrats, Herr Ollenhauer and Professor Carlo Schmid.
Mr. Gaitskell referring to NATO:
Mr. Gaitskell, in a 50-minute speech, also launched the Labour Party-Trade Union Congress plan for a non-nuclear club. The plan, published in Britain three weeks ago, calls for a non-nuclear club of all nations, except Russia and the United States. Generally, Mr. Gaitskell's speech was well received, with some dissent from France and a few other foreign representatives. But no delegates would commit their parties to support the plan until after consultation with their colleagues when the Congress was over.
Mr. Gaitskell said all possible efforts should be made to prevent an increase in the present number of nuclear powers. His party's proposal was not one for unilateral nuclear disarmament but for a negotiated agreement, by all powers other than Russia and U.S.A., not to manufacture or stockpile nuclear weapons.
In Britain the Communist have started a drive to get the 970,000-strong amalgamated Engineering Union to reverse its decision to support the Labour policy on nuclear weapons. Object: To swing the Union's vote at this year's Trade Union Congress behind Frank Cousins. General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, which opposes a non-nuclear club and suspension of tests. Mr Cousins was not at the Hamburg Congress.