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LibelléConférence des 3 alliés occidentaux à Londres, représentés par leurs Ministres des Affaires Etrangères ( Bevin, Acheson et Schuman) pour discuter de l'Allemagne, de l'Autriche, des problèmes monétaires internationaux et de l'OTAN
Date (début)11/05/1950
SynopsisBig Three Plans
For Cold War
LONDON, May 11 (A.A.P.).
The Foreign Ministers of France,
the United States and Britain, began
their vital three-days' conference in
London this morning.
Reuters' Diplomatic Correspondent says
a new allied grand strategy for fighting the
cold war, based on common action to counter
Communist expansion moves all over the
world, is expected to emerge from the talks.
In the House of Commons to-day, the
Prime Minister, Mr. Clement Attlee, welcomed
the Schuman plan to merge French and
German heavy industries.
The conference is being
held at Lancaster House,
in the same cream and gold
room that Big Four Foreign
Ministers met a few years
ago in an attempt to bring
Russia and the West to-
gether.
After the morning session
the British Foreign Secretary,
Mr. Ernest Bevin entertained
the American and French dele-
gations to lunch at his private
residence. -
British Opposition leaders
were among the guests. Obser-
vers considered this a Gov-
ernment move to give British
Foreign policy a bipartisan
flavour.
Reuters' Diplomatic corres-
pondent says almost every
item coming before the foreign
ministers has some bearing on
relations between Russia and
the West.
From these talks might
emerge a grand western strat-
egy for fighting the cold war
on a long-term world basis,
says the correspondent.
U.K. AND SCHUMAN PLAN
STAFF CORRESPONDENT
, AND A.A.P.
Welcoming the plan ad-
vanced yesterday by the
French Foreign Minister,
M. Robert Schuman, to
merge French and Ger-
man heavy industries, Mr.
Attlee said this must be
regarded as a notable con-
tribution towards the solu-
tion of a major European
problem.
Mr. Attlee said the proposals
had far-reaching implications
for the future economic struc-
ture of the participating coun-
tries. *
, This aspect would require
very careful study by the
British Government and other
Governments concerned.
The British Government
would approach the problem
in a sympathetic spirit and
desired to make it clear at the
outset that it welcomed the
French initiative to end an age-
long feud with Germany, and
so bring peace and unity to
Europe.
WEST'S POLICY
The Prime Minister con-
tinued: It is the clear policy
of the Western Powers to pro-
mote the entry of Germany as
a free member into the comity
of European nations.
The French proposals are
designed to facilitate this pro-
cess and must, consequently,
be regarded as a notable con-
tribution towards the solution
of a major European prob-
lem.
Both the Opposition leader,
Mr. Winston Churchill, and
the Liberal leader, Mr.
Clement Davies, asked for
time for discussion on the
French plan, preferably before
the Whitsun recess.
Mr. Attlee agreed that the
House should discuss the
matter, but did not tie himself
to a definite date.
Mr. Anthony Eden (Cons.)
suggested that French state-
ments had made it clear the
scheme included the participa-
tion of other Western Euro-
pean nations, besides France
and Germany.
So I understand, Mr.
Attlee replied.
U.S. WELCOME
United States Secretary of
State, Mr. Dean Acheson, wel-
comed the Schuman plan for
pooling coal and steel re-
sources.
In a statement from the
American Embassy in London,
he said the objectives of the
plan had long been favoured
by the United States and he
regarded it as a most impor-
tant development.
Count Sforza, the Italian
7oreign Minister, congratulated
M. Schuman on his initiative,
which, he said, was in accord-
ance with the spirit of the
Franco-Italian Customs union.
In Bonn, the West German
capital, most people were
solidly behind the French
Foreign Minister's plan.
DELICATE MATTER
The semi-official French
newspaper Le Monde said:
It will be surprising if Bene-
lux and italy do not come in,
but British participation is a
delicate matter.
The entire Russian control-
led Press to-day attacked the
plan as a scheme for a mam-
moth cartel, inspired by Wall
Street, to give the. United
States control over West Euro-
pean industry.


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