Military Disengagement

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Neutral Zone Proposals in Summit Talks

Soviet beating of the drums for Poland's plan to mark out a denuclearized zone in Central Europe makes that scheme a leading candidate for discussion if and when East and West heads of government get together in conference. The sharp tone of President Eisenhower's latest letter to Soviet Premier Bulganin, and objections raised to the Soviet approach to a top-level parley,1 seemed calculated to cool Kremlin enthusiasm for such a meeting. However, when Red leaders make up their minds that something is in their interest, they are not easily deterred. The United States and Great Britain already have removed one obstacle to a summit session by withdrawing earlier insistence on a preliminary meeting of foreign ministers.

Western willingness to consider ...

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