The new detente between Britain and France over Britain's attempt to join the Common Market, was put to the test today (Monday, June the 7th) for the first time since last month's summit talks between the British Prime Minister, Mr.
LV Aircraft taxiing
MV Luxembourg airport building.
SV Rippon down steps of aircraft and greeted.
SV Rippon surrounded by Pressmen.
SCU Rippon being interviewed:-
SV Rippon and party entering thorough gateway.
SCU INT. Negotiators talking in groups (3 shots)
SCU Schumann talking (2 shots)
CU Irish delegate Dr. Hilery
SEQ 5: MR. RIPPON: "Well, I don't quite know how much yet. We know there are a limited number of issues still to be discussed in detail. I think we shall probably say something about all the outstanding matters in the corridors and outside. I don't know quite how much we will be able to tackle in the negotiating conference itself."
SEQ 9: DR. HILERY: "Well, we've always been sympathetic. This morning we had solutions to problems, which is more sympathetic than usual, because up to now we've had exploratory talks rather than definite solutions. This morning we had problems solved."
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Background: The new detente between Britain and France over Britain's attempt to join the Common Market, was put to the test today (Monday, June the 7th) for the first time since last month's summit talks between the British Prime Minister, Mr. Heath, and the French President, M. Pompidou. Britain's Common Market negotiator, Mr. Geoffrey Rippon, flew to Luxembourg for vital talks aimed at paving the way for an all-out, three-day negotiating session later in the month.
At the end of the day it seemed they had achieved the hoped-for break-through, and there was a feeling of optimism at the negotiations.
When he arrived Mr. Rippon was asked how far he thought the meeting would be able to go in settling the outstanding questions on Britain's entry. This is what he said:-
In a busy day of negotiations, the Foreign Ministers of the Common Market countries began with a brief session with Ireland's negotiators on the republic's application to join the community.
This is what the Irish delegate Dr. Hilery, had to say about the meeting.:-