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Daily Mail Calls Talks "A Roaring Farce"

Rec. 12.30 p.m.

LONDON, July 19.

It is officially announced that the Big Three Allied leaders in Potsdam are meeting regularly to deal with agendas which are prepared at 11 a.m. daily by the three Foreign S^crctsrics. President Truman to-night gave a State dinner in the temporary "White House" for Mr. Churchill, Generalissimo Stalin and five other representatives of each of the three Governments. "The Potsdam Conference is the most crucial conference in modern times, yet in some' respects it has degenerated into a roaring farce," says the Daily Mail in an editorial. "This is bound to happen if the assembled world's Press is fed with nothing but trivialities and is not permitted to transmit anything in the nature of the real news which the nations are waiting to hear. "So closely are the principals guarded," the paper adds, "that it takes two hours for a message to reach them from people just outside the compound, and so well are correspondents dragooned that they are called into solemn conference. to be told of the arrival of Mickey Rooney. It is difficult to know whether to describe such an atmosphere as a 'cloak and dagger' or as a 'custard pie.' "If the statesmen wanted a secret conference they should have so ordained from the beginning, but most of the preliminaries have been conducted in the full light of publicity. It was only when the real work began that the flew of information was suddenly dammed at its source. A secret conclave would not be tolerated by public opinion. Few would go to the opposite extreme and advocate verbatim reports -of every session. There is a medium course, which we suggest should be adopted."

SOVIET INTERESTS Need For Adjustment With Britain FAR EAST AND NEAR EAST Rec. 1 p.m. PARIS, July 19. ' The Russian language newspaper Russian News, which interprets the official Soviet viewpoint, states that Russia at present is primarily interested, firstly, in the Far East; secondly, in the Near East; thirdly, in international air transport. The paper says that in the Near East and Persian Gulf the interests of the. British Empire and the Soviet must be adjusted. Russia must be able to send her Fleet from one sea to another.

It has always been difficult for her to accept that her action should be circumscribed by the decision of a third Power to open or close the Straits. The least Russia can expect to-day is to be able to navigate the Dardanelles without impediment and to guard them with Turkey. Russia is faced with the problem of organising maritime bases on all her communication routes.

BY PIGEON POST MESSAGES FROM POTSDAM Rec. 1.30 p.m. LONDON, July 19. Fifty crack racing pigeons to-day are making the first pigeon flight attempted between Berlin and London. They are carrying important messages from the Potsdam Conference. The birds are expected to complete the 600-mile journey in 16 hours.

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BIG THREE ATTEND U.S. STATE DINNER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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BIG THREE ATTEND U.S. STATE DINNER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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