HC Deb 18 June 1951 vol 489 c6W
Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement as to the progress so far made by the Foreign Ministers' Deputies in Paris in drawing up an agenda for the proposed meeting of the Ministers concerned.

Mr. Younger:

Following the Soviet Government's unsatisfactory reply to the offer made by the three Western Delegations in Notes of 31st May, it was agreed that discussions should be resumed in Paris. Unfortunately no progress was made owing to the negative attitude adopted by the Soviet representative. Therefore, on 15th June, the three Western representatives handed to the Soviet representative further Notes containing yet another constructive proposal. These stated that, even if there was not full agreement on the agenda, the three Governments considered that there was a sufficient measure of agreement for the Ministers to meet. It is now for the Soviet Government to respond.

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