US Secretary of State, Christian Herter, and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko spent four hours discussing the Berlin question at a "working" luncheon Aug. 1st in Mr.
CU Russian villa outside sign.
CU Herter arrives and goes into villa.
SV Herter talks and poses for press with Gromyko
SV Lenin portrait.
CU Harter talks with Gromyko under a painted picture of Lenin.
CU Herter talks to Gromyko.
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Background: US Secretary of State, Christian Herter, and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko spent four hours discussing the Berlin question at a "working" luncheon Aug. 1st in Mr. Gromyko's Geneva villa. Although the atmosphere was described as "friendly" no progress was made on the key Berlin question which had been hammered out during 12 weeks of negotiations at the "Little Summit".
According to spokesmen, Mr. Herter tried hard to persuade Mr. Gromyko to concede that the West's status in Berlin would remain exactly as it is today after the expiry of any time period which might be agreed upon for a Berlin moratorium. But Mr. Gromyko stuck doggedly to Russia's known position that she would not take unilateral action before negotiations at the end of the interim period.
The luncheon was followed by a brief meeting of she Western Foreign Ministers. This too failed to produce any progress on Berlin.
The Conference is scheduled for adjournment August 5 "until an unknown date".
On August 3rd Britain's Foreign Minister, Selwyn Lloyd was to be Gromyko's luncheon guest - a meeting still hoped to be the decisive encounter.
An invitation from President Eisenhower to Soviet leader, Mr. khrushchev to visit the United States is expected at any moment now. This would be regarded as the principal success of the Geneva Foreign Ministers' Conference.