September 29, 1959

CHURCHILL: London, 29 – Wartime British leader Sir Winston Churchill and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan each expressed his views on international affairs today within the context of the British electoral campaign. Churchill was clear about the way he felt Western politicians should go about ensuring a period of real peace in the world. The veteran statesman revealed the contents of a letter that he had sent to [former Soviet dictator Joseph] Stalin in 1945 predicting that the Allied victory would develop into a cold war. Macmillan emphasized that the time of ultimatums was ending and the world was entering a time of negotiations, clearing the ground for a summit meeting of the Great Powers. Churchill spoke in his parliamentary constituency of Woodford in North London and said there were now indications that the «long period of suspicion between East and West was nearing its end.» He advised, however, that the noncommunist world should not rush into disarmament agreements without guarantees. Referring to the latest phase of the Cold War, Churchill said that over the last few months, there had been hopeful indications.