A last conference ending preliminary talks between representatives of the French Government and the Algerian FLN rebels was held at Melun prefecture, near Paris, June 29.
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Background: A last conference ending preliminary talks between representatives of the French Government and the Algerian FLN rebels was held at Melun prefecture, near Paris, June 29. FLN emissaries Ahmed Boumendjel, Mohammed Ben Yahia and Hakiki Ben Amar were expected to fly Algerian Government.
An official statement issued by Premier Debre's office says that, during the five-day talks, the French representatives "stated to the emissaries of the external organisation of the Algerian rebellion the conditions in which negotiations could be organised in accordance with proposals made by General De Gaulle, with a view to seeking an honourable and to the fighting, which is still dragging on, to settle the destination of weapons and to decide on the future of the combatants." The statement ends: "As these preliminary talks have now ended the emissaries are to leave forthwith for Tunis."
Complete secrecy has surrounded the Melun conversations, but reports from Tunis and elsewhere suggest that the main points at issue - on which no agreement has been reached - are the exact stage at which rebel leader Ferhat Abbas will be received by General de Gaulle, and the degree of freedom and publicity which the FLN negotiators will get when, and if, they arrive in Paris.