VISNEWS filmed the Big Four Foreign Ministers leaving the Geneva Palais des Nations, June 20, after agreeing to adjourn until July 13.
VISNEWS filmed the Big Four Foreign Ministers leaving the Geneva Palais des Nations, June 20, after agreeing to adjourn until July 13. The Berlin problem caused this break in the talks.
Much of the six-week conference has been taken up with Berlin. The main issue was the Russian insistence that a time be set for the end of occupation in West Berlin. The Western Allies would not budge on this point and it was finally agreed to adjourn.
When he arrived back in London, June 20, British Foreign Minister Selwyn Lloyd said, "I am disappointed...but I am not democrats...we are going to continue patiently to try to negotiate a solution. The nations needed a recess for frying to think about what had been said and to decide how we can approach the next phase of this conference, which I think can still achieve a settlement of the Berlin problem."
In Washington, June 21, US Secretary of State was more blunt,"..the true desire of the Soviet Union was to absorb West Berlin into East Germany and to keep Germany divided until it can be brought under Soviet influence."
Soviet Premier Kruschev's speech, June 19, in the Kremlin, was referred to by Mr. Selwyn Lloyd and he suggested that such statements would not help the Geneva talks. Addressing East German leaders, Mr. Kruschev said,
"The Soviet Government wants to sign a peace treaty with a united, sovereign German state, but as this is not possible - and if the West continues to hinder the settlement of the German question - nothing remains for the Soviet Union but to sign a peace treaty with one sovereign state."
A joint communique, issued in East Berlin and Moscow after the East German visit, called for a summit conference to solve outstanding East-West problems and repeated Russian arguments on Berlin. It stated that Western Powers could not maintain their troops in West Berlin indefinitely.