Reference FO 371/153758
Title Western (W): General (W). Summit Meeting between US, UK, France and Soviet Union Held in Paris, 14-19 May 1960
Former Foreign Office Reference Code W files 1073/1-1073/9
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes International Relations
Document Types Correspondence, Reports, Memoranda
Subject Countries Eastern Europe Region
Countries Australia, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Nigeria, Rhodesia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, West Germany
People Andrei Gromyko, Bernard Burrows, Charles de Gaulle, Christian A. Herter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Frank Roberts, Harold Macmillan, Harry Truman, Jawaharlal Nehru, John Diefenbaker, K. P. S. Menon, Nikita Khrushchev, Patrick Reilly, Paul-Henri Spaak, Robert Menzies, Selwyn Lloyd
Key Events U-2 incident, Berlin Crisis
Language Russian


A file containing documents relating to a potential East-West summit meeting. Subjects discussed in the file include Canadian, Italian, and West German attitudes towards disarmament; the arrangement of working groups before the summit to discuss Berlin, East-West relations, the reunification of Germany, and disarmament; and a suggestion by Harry Truman, the former American president, that president Eisenhower take Democrat politicians with him to the summit. Documents in the file include a report to Commonwealth government leaders from Harold Macmillan, the British prime minister, about the Western leaders' meetings preparing for the summit; correspondence between Macmillan and the Australian prime minister about the summit, nuclear tests, and China; and a report of a statement by the Canadian foreign minister to the Ottawa Parliament about the summit preparations and NATO. The file also contains documents reporting Australian, Indian, and Canadian reaction to the breakdown of the Paris summit following the U-2 incident.


American politics, Anglo-Australian relations, Anglo-Canadian relations, Anglo-Italian relations, Anglo-Soviet relations, Anglo-West German relations, Berlin, British Commonwealth, British parliament, Canadian government, détente, diplomatic disputes, disarmament, East-West relations, international conferences, multilateral talks, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), nuclear tests, nuclear weapons, Paris Summit (1960), parliamentary questions, reunification of Germany, speeches, spy planes, telecommunications

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