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    Vienna....the meeting place June 3/4 for a "general exchange of views" on major world issues?

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    Vienna....the meeting place June 3/4 for a "general exchange of views" on major world issues between the American President, Mr. Kennedy, and Mr. Khrushchev, the Soviet Prime Minister.

    The White House announcement May 19 said: "The President and Chairman Khrushchev understand that this meeting is not for the purpose of negotiating or reaching agreement on the major international problems that involve the interest of many countries. The meeting will afford a timely and convenient opportunity for the first personal contact between them.."
    Mr. Khrushchev will probably stay at the secluded villa of the Soviet Ambassador on the outskirts of the capital. It was planned to offer President Kennedy the suite of rooms at the Imperial Hotel used by the Russian Premier and Mrs. Khrushchev last summer. Elaborate security precautions will be taken by the Austrian authorities to safeguard their visitors.

    There were various reports of where the actual meeting would be held. The 'Bundeskanzleramt' building and the 'Schloss Belvedere' were mentioned and, on May 21, the American Embassy, the Soviet Embassy and Hofburg Palace were all named as possible meeting places for the two leaders.

    It was said that the biggest problem facing the Austrian authorities is the shortage of suitable accommodation for the American and Russian advisers and over 800 journalists. The meeting coincides with the opening week of the annual Vienna Festival and the better hotels are already fully booked.

    On June 5, Mr Kennedy will go to London where he will confer with Mr Macmillan, the British Prime Minister, and dine with Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace before departing for Washington the same day.

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