383. Editorial Note

Secretary Dulles reported to the nation at 7:30 p.m. on November 18 concerning the Conference of Foreign Ministers at Geneva after a day spent in consultation with President Eisenhower at Gettysburg. After posing and answering several questions about the meaning of the conference, he concluded that the Soviet Union wanted certain results, but had not been willing to pay the price necessary to obtain them. For the full text of his address, see Department of State Bulletin, November 28, 1955, pages 867–872.

On November 21, Dulles briefed the National Security Council on aspects of the Geneva Conference that were not covered in his address to the nation and on the following day reported to the Cabinet. A memorandum of the discussion at the National Security Council is infra. At the Cabinet meeting, Secretary Dulles summarized the main parts of his report to the Council. (Minutes of the Cabinet meeting of November 22; Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Cabinet Meetings)