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Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1961

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will now invite President Kennedy, Chairman Krushchev and President de Gaulle to join with him in discussions on the basic principles of a peace treaty with Germany.

While I would not exclude any means of reaching a solution to the wider problems such as a peace treaty with Germany, we are at present searching for the basis of an understanding with the Soviet Union on Berlin. This is the immediate question which must be dealt with.

I recognise the difficulties of a Prime Minister who has had to take over the Treasury as well as the Foreign Office, but does the right hon. Gentleman recognise that there can be no lasting solution of the Berlin problem without a settlement of the German question as well, and will not this certainly require a meeting at the highest level if we are to have a satisfactory result?

Does the Prime Minister agree that tension appears to be rising in Berlin, with the action of the East German Government in creating another wall, and so on? In the circumstances, can we afford to be complacent? Ought not some action to be taken, and has there not been undue delay?

I hope that we shall be able to take action to try to deal with the problem of Berlin.