On his return to London, Oct 6, from the United States, Prime Minister Macmillan said he was hopeful that a summit meeting would be arranged and he thought the Russians would agree to it.
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CU. Macmillan speaks (SOF) "Wall, you say was it worthwhile? It's always hard to tell. But I think our friends are in good heart. Don't think that Mr. Khrushchev had it quite all his own way. He thought he'd rather stampede the thing and pinch the whole show. Well, he a little bit overplayed his hand I got the impression, as he began to speak almost every day, that the members got rather tired. At any rate, he's not destroyed the United Nations Organisation. The Secretary-General has stood up to a very heavy attack. The Congo problem is still in the hands of the United Nations and the Secretary General. And I'm hoping that after all this preliminary bluster we shall get down again to negotiations."
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Background: On his return to London, Oct 6, from the United States, Prime Minister Macmillan said he was hopeful that a summit meeting would be arranged and he thought the Russians would agree to it.
At the United Nations he got the impression that Mr Khrushchev overplayed his hand, with the result that as the meeting proceeded the Russians seemed to have less and less support.
The RAF Comet in which the Prime Minister travelled by way of Bermuda and the Azores arrived on time at London Airport and passed close to the public enclosure where about 150 people were watching.
Mr Butler, who has been in charge of the Government during Mr Macmillan's absence, and Lord Lansdowne, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, were there to greet the Prime Minister. Two hours later there was a meeting of the Cabinet at Admiralty House so that he could give his colleagues an account of his discussions with President Eisenhower and other statesmen. Mr Macmillan said he had returned from "one of the most extraordinary and dramatic meetings in the life of United Nations."