Full Citation

  • Title Six 'Neutral' States in Council Agree with West on Blockade
  • Author Kerr, Walter
  • Publication Title New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Collection New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Date Friday,  Oct. 8, 1948
  • Issue Number 20434
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication Paris, France
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The New York Times Company
. — y ¬ r n Six6Neutral? States in Council Agree W ith W est on Blockade Accept Argument That Restrictions in Berlin Are To Be Ended Before Efforts Can Be Made To Solve German Problem by Negotiation By Walter Kerr The six “neutral states” in the Security Council were reported yes¬ terday to be in general agreement with the Western powers that the Berlin blockade should be lifted be¬ fore efforts could be made to settle the German dispute by direct ne¬ gotiation with the Soviet .Union. This view points to general'-ac- ceptance of the case as it has been submitted by the United States, Great Britain and France and it expected to be reflected later in resolution that will be tabled for final Council action. The hour of decision, however, has not arrived, and it is most likely that the complaining delega¬ tions .will be asked for further in¬ formation before an action pro¬ gram is presented. Another full Council meeting is expected tomor¬ row or Monday. In the mean time, the “neutral states” are continuing to get to¬ gether informally, as they did Tuesday and Wednesday, in an at- y g tempt to find a solution, though they are fully aware that the Soviet delegation can veto any proposal, just as the American, British and French delegations can veto any suggestion they feel fails to satisfy the requirements of the situation. Juan A. Bramuglla, Argentine Foreign Minister, who is President of the Council this month, is sit¬ ting in on these “neutral” gather¬ ings as chairman and acting as their representative in quiet talks with the contending powers. Already he has talked with West¬ ern delegates and planned a con¬ versation with the Russian spokes¬ man, First Deputy Foreign Min¬ ister Andrei I. Vishinsky. Whether Mr. Vishinsky will discuss the case with him is not yet known. Until now, the Soviet delegation has in¬ sisted that the Berlin crisis is not within the competence of the Unit¬ ed Nations, and for this reason lie refused Wednesday to reply to the Western charges. In his opinion this is a four- (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) fare. Six ‘Neutral’ (Continued, from Page 1) >wer problem that can be dealt ith only by the four-power Coun- 1 of Foreign Ministers, but the nited States, Great Britain and ranee will not negotiate directly itil they are free from the Soviet ■essure of the Berlin blockade. If the blockade is raised, on the her hand, they will discuss any erman question immediately. In preparation for final action is understood that the British ivernment has drafted a resolu- 3ii which it is ready to present i the Security Council if the îeutral states” themselves fail to :fer what it considers an accept¬ ée solution. , For the present, the United tates government is leaving the atter in “neutral” hands in the 3pe they will come up with some ling it can approve. Wednesday ight, American delegates thought rogress was being made, and they ere getting ready to provide irther evidence if it is needed to ibstantiate their charge that by sing force and the threat of force l Berlin the Russians were en- angering international peace and scurity. 1 -«-