As delegates left after another session of the 10-Power disarmament conference in Geneva, Mar 31, there was sign of progress on either side in this long-drawn battle of words and ideas, which started here March 15.
Journalists waiting in corridor - Usher outside conference room - Sign over door - Journalists rush to interview delegates - French delegate Jules Moch interviewed - Eaton, USA, leaves conference room - Eaton, Ormsby-Gore, and Jules Moch talking in group - Polish delegate near window - Zorin puts on coat and leaves.
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Background: As delegates left after another session of the 10-Power disarmament conference in Geneva, Mar 31, there was sign of progress on either side in this long-drawn battle of words and ideas, which started here March 15.
Summing up his arguments, Britain's Mr Ormsby-Gore said during the debate: "Having again studied the Soviet proposal in the light of the explanations we have been given, I would like to suggest that the Western plan is not only more realistic, but more comprehensive in scope." It would enable an immediate start to be made on disarmament, essential preparatory work could be done without delay. The Western plan also covered the problems which would arise as purely national armament diminished.
There was no provision in the Russian plan for studying the problem of ceasing production of nuclear materials, nor for their conversion for peaceful uses. To talk of destruction of missiles was almost meaningless unless controls had been established earlier over their launching and production.
Counter-attacking vigorously, Russia's delegate Zorin replied the West did not seem to believe in the idea of a disarmed world, and had to grasp at the of an armed police force. Basing his defensive speech on the known Russian position, Zorin reiterated his call for "general and complete disarmament".
Meanwhile, the three-Power nuclear tests conference - in session at Geneva since October 1958 - reached a hopeful turning point with the formal tabling as a conference document of the Camp David declaration of mar 29 by President Eisenhower and Mr Macmillan. Soviet delegate Tsarapkin described it as "an encouraging step forward".