CONFERENCES: Seventeen Days

In 17 days at Potsdam, the Big Three made surprisingly little news (much of what they did and said had already been decided and predicted). But they made history of a sort:

¶ Big Three relations had entered a phase where a less spectacular channel than conferences of heads of state was required.

Accordingly, a continuing Council of Foreign Ministers, with France and China participating, was set up to draft peace settlements which might substitute for a general peace conference. The new council, with its permanent secretariat, would sit in London.

¶ Subterfuge no longer obscured Russia's intention to...

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