The British government has again asked the Soviet Union to join her in reconvening the 1954 Geneva Conference on Indochina.
Brown and Gromyko with reporters.
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Background: The British government has again asked the Soviet Union to join her in reconvening the 1954 Geneva Conference on Indochina. It would be a first step toward ending the war in Viet Nam. The request was made during a discussion in New York City Saturday (8 October) between British Foreign Minister George Brown and Andrei Gromyko, Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union.
A British source said after the meeting that there is little chance the proposal would be acceptable at this time.
The two raking diplomats met at the headquarters of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations in New York City.
Britain and the Soviet Union are co-chairmen of the conference, which was convened in 1954 to end the eight-year war that France had been fighting in what was then called French Indochina.
The 1954 conference was attended by the People's Republic of China and the United States. The engagement partitioned Viet Nam into two divisions, North and South. The agreement was signed by the Chinese and representatives of what was to become North Viet Nam. It was not signed by the United States or representatives of what was to become South Viet Nam.
Later, in a new York speech Saturday night (8 Oct.), Brown called on the United States to support the admission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations. He admitted that the admission of China to the world body would create many difficulties and problems. But he added "the sooner we seat China ( the People's Republic of China ) in the Security Council and in the General Assembly, the better for all of us."