At the NATO building in Paris, May 19, western Foreign Ministers arrived for a special meeting of the organization's Permanent Council, convened to discuss the Summit failure.
GV NATO building.
SV Flags on building.
SV Mr. Selwyn Lloyd arrives.
SV Von Brentano arrives.
SCU Mr. Herter arrives.
SV M. Couve de Murville arrives.
CU NATO flag.
LV NATO building.
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Background: At the NATO building in Paris, May 19, western Foreign Ministers arrived for a special meeting of the organization's Permanent Council, convened to discuss the Summit failure.
Foreign Ministers von Brentano, West Germany, and Mr. Zorlu, Turkey, attended as their French counterpart, M. Couve de Murville, went over the details of the abortive conference, and various representatives spoke to pay tribute to the patience and spirit of conciliation of the three western Powers.
In his statement to the Council, American Secretary of State, Christian Herter, confirmed that the United States was resolved to continue with the disarmament and nuclear talks in Geneva. He said he thought Khrushchev had come to Paris determined to block the conference, because he had concluded before hand he would not succeed in obtaining satisfactory results from it for himself and for his critics in the Soviet Union on the U-2 incident.
Herter said the U-2 flight was part of the measures carried out over the past four years to guarantee the free world against a surprise attack. These flights had provided important information for the defense of the West. He was sorry that the conference had broken down, but thought that the Russians would have found some other excuse if they had not chosen that of the U-2. Khrushchev must have known that his conditions were unacceptable to President Eisenhower.
General de Gaulle was to give his views to the French Cabinet, May 20, on the failure of the Summit. He shares the British view that the failure is only an episode in East-West relations, and that conversations will be resumed sooner or later.