Thursday, January 11, 2007

Chinese Reds Set Up Terms to Cease-Fire 11 Jan 1951

Waterloo Courier

Want UN Seat, Withdrawal of Troops in Korea, Talk on Formosa

Communist China was reported Thursday to have relayed to the British commonwealth prime minister' conference its final revised terms for a cease-fire in Korea.

The report, which could not be confirmed officially, said the Communist regime at Peking demanded:

1. A seat on the United nations security council
2. Withdrawal of foreign groops from Korea
3. Opening of discussions on Formosa, but not necessarily before a settlement in Korea

U.S. to Hold Out in Korea

At the same time reliable sources said the United State has informed Britain it intends to hold out in Korea despite Red China's fullscale intervention.

The report on Red China's final terms was understood to have been relayed to Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru through the Indian ambassador in Peking, Sardar Pannikar.

Previously Peking had demanded withdrawal of the U.S.Seventh fleet from Formosan waters and Communist sovereignty over the island, the last stronghold of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

Informed sources said the American intention to hold out in Korea was relayed through Sir Oliver Franks, British ambassador in Washington, who was instructed 10 days ago to inquire on the subject.

The reply was that the U.S. believed a line could be held and meant to hold it.

The location of the "final" defense line was a military secret.

Britain to Support U.S.

Informants said that Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin has told commonwealth prime ministers in session here that Britain will support American efforts to hold at least a bridgehead in Korea.

In the meantime, Bevin intends to keep on trying to exchange ambassadors with Communist China and attemting to induce other members to admit the Peking government to the United Nations, informants said.

Bevin believes these steps offer the best hope for a "cease fire" in Korea that would prevent open war with Communist China and perhaps another world war.

But if he fails and the UN forces are driven out of Korea, informants said, Bevin told the commonwealth prime ministers that Britain may drop its conciliatory attitude toward the Chinese Reds.

They said Bevin aserted that his government would have to reconsider its position under these circumstances and might join the United States in a "get tough" policy toward Peking.



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