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Truman Offers Reds
Peace, but U. S. Will Keep Up Arms Pace By Joseph A. Fox Star Staff Correspondent NAVAL BASE, KEY WEST, Fla., Mar. 15.—President Truman was out today with a new bid for peace with the Soviet Union but coupled with it was a reiteration of the determination of the free nations to continue to rearm as long as Russia pursues her “course of obstruction.” The vacationing President made his position clear late yesterday in a joint letter to Senator Flanders, Republican, of Vermont, and 21 other members of Senate and House from both parties, who recalled the President's plea lor a ‘•foolproof” disarmament plan when he addressed the United Na tions October 24, and pledged their support to the Truman pro gram. “Continuing emphasis on dis armament is a necessary and vital part of our foreign policy,” the President wrote., “We must al ways be looking for new ap proaches to this problem and we must take advantage of every op portunity that presents itself to work toward genuine disarma ment proposals. Pleased by support. “I am very happy Indeed that this major element in our foreign policy has your support and that of your colleagues in both houses of Congress. I want to have your continued counsel and advice in these matters.” ■ The President is holding his first news conference in two weeks this afternoon on the lawn at his quarters. In his U. N. speech, the Presi dent said that disarmament must cover all weapons—atomic and conventional; must be the product of unanimity and be “foolproof,” so compliance with all nations will be assured. “Supporting these principles as we do,” the Congress members said, we suggest: “That the first step proposed be the lifting of the Iron Curtain and the resumption of at least that degree of freedom of communica tion between all the peoples of the earth which existed between na tions of Western Europe and the American continents prior to the Second World War. They argued, too, that the dis arming program should be under the United Nations; that a com mission be set up to bring about disarmament “in an orderly, com plete and rapid way”; that a U. N. i police force be created as con templated by the Charter, and that the disarming plan “be per manently in effect and repeatedly Offered until it is accepted.” Mr. Truman agreed w-ith the ] need for authentic information' the free communication w’ould, provide, asserting that this has; been emphasized “by recent Soviet! assertions regarding the size of its owm armed forces in relation to those of the free nations.” The President said that the con-! — ■I II ——— ■ I ■ —— ——Illllliuilllllllll HIM MINI I QUIZ WINNER AND ‘PRIZE’ DATE MEET—Marine Pfc. Robert de Lauiez of Bethesda Naval Hospital and Miss Mary Ann Kerr (left), the blind date he won in a quiz program, meet Miss Margaret “Mug” Richardson, former aide to Arthur Godfrey and mistress of ceremonies, during the contest. The quiz, held yes terday at the W’oodmont Country Club by the Women’s Argo of B’nai B’rith, won dates and an evening of entertainment as well, for Pfc. de Lauiez and two other servicemen. —Star Staff Photo. gressional letter “will give added strength to the efforts of the free nations to establish a just and lasting peace in the world.” “While we must continue to build up vigorously our military strength as long" as world condi tions make such a course essen tial,” he continued, “we must at the same time keep on working to ward the control of armaments and armed forces. We must work toward the time when material and human resources, rather than being used for armaments, can be used to advance the well-being of mankind. That is and must re main our goal.” Hopes They’ll Change Tactics. Mr. Truman reviewed the his tory of efforts to control the atom and other weapons through the U. N. which have been frustrated by Russia. "At the same time the Soviet Union has been following a course of obstruction in the United Na tions toward all concrete disarma ment proposals, it has been build ing up its own armaments as a central feature of its expansionist foreign policy." The President expressed the hope that the rearming of the free nations cause a shift in Russian tactics "which would ease the present international tension.” Admonishing that “We can ex pect great propaganda efforts by the Soviet system to deflect the free nations from their defense plans,” President Truman added: "We must not be deflected.” INVITATION EXCLUSIVE WASHINGTON SHOWING MARCH 12th TO APRIL 7th 100 PRIZE PHOTOS FROM $25,000 "POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY" CONTEST TOP WINNERS 53 000 INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES BE SURE YOU DON'T MISS THtS EXHIBIT DAILY, 9 AM. TO 6 P.M. AT BRENNER PHOTO CO. Opposite Justice Department 933 PENN. AVE. N.W. r •. 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There is wide agreement in the Senate on sending the four divi sions to boost the morale of the other North Atlantic treaty na tions and encourage them to contribute heavily to the inter national army being organized by Gen. Eisenhower. The big argument in the Senate; will be over how far Congress | should go in attempting to pass on ■ the decisions of the military leaders, now or in the future. The oratory probably will continue un til after Easter. Senator Connally last night filed a joint report from the Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, stressing the import ance of making Western Europe strong before Russia catches up to the United States in atomic weap ons. Other developments included: 1. President Truman restated his desire for disarmament, but made it clear the free nations find it necessary to rearm as long as Rus sia pursues her "course of obstruc tion.” 2. Chairman Taft of the Senate Republican Policy Committee said that group took no stand against the administration resolution to have the Senate alone act on the troops for Europe. He said his committee would insist, however, that the Senate act also on the second resolution, which calls for approval of the troop assignments by both houses. The committee report, made » -. m public last night, pointed outj that it will be only a matter of time until Russia will have enough atom bombs to “deliver a surprise knock-out punch against the West,” with the United States as a "high priority target.” “By commencing the defense rearmament of Western Europe now it is hoped that sufficient strength will have been built by • • '•AW V.rNSWAW.V^ ; H.W, Platinumsmiths ■ 1 Pianos for RENT Very Low Rates s _ == as i STerling 6300 1 PIANO MARTI | 1015 Seventh St. N.W. | the time the Soviet has a sub stantial stockpile of A-bombs so that, if the deterrent of Amer ican superiority in atomic bombs is endangered, forces in being will be great enough to make a Soviet attack on the West unlikely,” the committee said. A SLOGAN THAT PROTECTS YOU AND YOUR TELEVISION INVESTMENT FOR YEARS TO COME “You Can Depend On Dynamic”... 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