August 30, 1957

DISARMAMENT: London, 29 – Russia today rejected out of hand the West’s draft proposal for disarmament that has resulted from lengthy deliberations by scientists, and exchanges of opinions between Washington, London, Paris and NATO. In the West, the prevailing view was that the proposal was a bridge that could reconcile the opposing views of West and East. After being submitted at the London Conference and a joint declaration issued by the four Allies (Britain, the USA, France and Canada) on the disarmament plan, which was described as the maximum possible concession by the Allies to Russia’s proposals, the latter’s representative, Valerian Zorin, spoke for 50 minutes on… what he said was the West’s attempt to bring its proposal into line with the desires and views of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, before expressing the final «No.» MAKARIOS: Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus, commenting on the refusal by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to receive him in the USA, said: «I have neither asked nor plan to ask for an audience with Eisenhower or Dulles. I think the State Department’s announcement was inappropriate and ill-advised.»