At the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 17, the three western leaders and their Foreign Ministers had a third and final meeting, at 9.30 p.
GV Macmillan and Selwyn Lloyd arrive at Elysee, and are met by Debre.
CU Mr. Herter arrives.
GV Ike arrives, is met by Debre.
GV The Elysee Palace during meeting.
SCU Int.. De Gaulle, Macmillan and Ike shake hands.
CU Ike down steps.
SV Ike into car.
CU Ike gives 'V' sign as car drives off.
CU Macmillan waves and walks to car.
SV Enters car.
SV Car leaves.
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Background: At the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 17, the three western leaders and their Foreign Ministers had a third and final meeting, at 9.30 p.m. to assess the situation - at the end of a gloomy day in world diplomacy, which saw the disastrous breakdown of the long-awaited Summit conference.
With Soviet Premier Khrushchev stubbornly insisting on an American apology and other amends for the U-2 air incident, there was little more to do for the western leaders but to sum up the diplomatic catastrophe in a joint communique:
"The President of the United States, the President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom take note of the fact that because of the attitude adopted by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union it has not been possible to begin, at the Summit conference, the examination of the problems which it had been agreed would be discussed between the four chiefs of Government.
They regret that these discussions, so important for world peace, could not take place. For their part, they remain unshaken in their conviction that all outstanding international questions should be settled not by the use or threat of force but by peaceful means through negotiation. They themselves remain ready to take part in such negotiations at any suitable time in the future."
Although the Summit conference broke down before it had a chance to start, there is still plenty of work to be done in Paris. Mr. Khrushchev was to pay a courtesy call to President de Gaulle, early on May 18, and to hold a press conference afterwards. The western Foreign Ministers were to meet at the Quai d'Orsay, and at 5 pm. the three western leaders were expected to hold another, and presumably final, meeting. Both President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Macmillan will leave Paris on May 19.
A last interview between British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd and Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko, late on May 17, made it fairly clear that the Russians will not take part in a Summit conference for at least several months. Geneva talks on disarmament and nuclear tests, however, are expected to continue.