FOREIGN RELATIONS: Promises Are Not Enough

Returning from the Foreign Ministers Conference in London 17 months ago, tired old George Marshall had told the nation: "It does not appear possible that paper agreements can assure a lasting peace. Agreements between sovereign states are generally the reflection and not the cause of genuine settlements."

Setting off to attend the new Foreign Ministers Conference in Paris (see INTERNATIONAL), Secretary of State Dean Acheson made it clear that he, too, was indifferent to offers of paper agreement, but was willing to listen attentively if the Russians offered a genuine settlement. Said Acheson: "We shall neglect no opportunity for increasing the...

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