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1955 Geneva Conference

Geneva Meeting

The meeting of the "Big Four" President Eisenhower, Prime Minister Eden, Premier Bulganin of the Soviet Union and Prime Minister Faure of France me on July 18, 1955. The fact that a summit meeting was finally taking place after 10 years– the last one had been at Potsdam– seemed to indicate a significant relaxation of East-West tensions. However, very little of real substance occurred at the conference. The major surprise was Eisenhower's proposal for "open skies," which entailed allowing each side to send intelligence- gathering aircraft over the other's territories, virtually unhindered. The summit ended without any major agreements.