On May 30, 1961, President Kennedy departed for Europe and a summitmeeting with Khrushchev[A]. Every day the Presidential tour was givenbanner headlines; and the meeting with Khrushchev was reported as anevent of earth-shaking consequence.It was an important event. But a meeting which was probably far moreimportant, and which had commanded no front-page headlines at all,ended quietly on May 29, the day before President and Mrs. Kennedy setout on their grand tour.On May 12, 1961, Dr. Philip E. Mosely, Director of Studies of the Councilon Foreign Relations, announced that,"Prominent Soviet and American citizens will hold a week-longunofficial conference on Soviet-American relations in the SovietUnion, beginning May 22."Dr. Mosely, a co-chairman of the American group, said that the StateDepartment had approved the meeting but that the Americans involvedwould go as "private citizens" and would express their own views.
The New York Times'
news story on Dr. Mosely's announcement (May 13,1961) read:"The importance attached by the Soviet Union to the meetingappears to be suggested by the fact that the Soviet group willinclude three members of the communist party's CentralCommittee ... and one candidate member of that body...."The meeting, to be held in the town of Nizhnyaya Oreanda, inthe Crimea, will follow the pattern of a similar unofficialmeeting, in which many of the same persons participated, atDartmouth College last fall. The meetings will take place inprivate and there are no plans to issue an agreed statement onthe subjects discussed...."The topics to be discussed include disarmament and theguaranteeing of ... international peace, the role of the UnitedNations in strengthening international security, the role of advanced nations in aiding under-developed countries, and theprospects for peaceful and improving Soviet-United Statesrelations."The Dartmouth conference last fall and the scheduled Crimeanconference originated from a suggestion made by Norman