OPINION

August 4, 1959

DETENTE: Moscow, August 5 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev has once more extended an olive branch to the Americans during a press conference with Russian and foreign journalists at the Kremlin. He promised that he was not about to boast about the power of Russian missiles. In order to underline his peaceful intentions, he said, amid laughter from his audience, that he was willing to «turn his pockets inside out» to show he was unarmed. He made another gesture that provoked even more laughter when he said he did not view his scheduled meeting with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a summit meeting, but as an important step toward such a meeting. EAST AND WEST: Geneva – The final communique was issued today after the foreign ministers’ (of the US, USSR, Britain and France) conference here. Its phrasing satisfied both sides, although, after today’s final session, the Western powers accused Russia of being responsible for failure to reach an agreement on Berlin and of seeking to annex West Berlin to the communist bloc. VOULIAGMENI: The new beach in the southern coastal suburb of Vouliagmeni, which opened just three days ago, had 4,812 visitors on its first day. The beach bar’s takings in those first three days was 14,000 drachmas.