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Saturday, September 30, 2006

September 30, 1960: Don't Go to Cuba US Says, Neutral Nations Want US-Soviet Talks, West Germany May End Trade with West

The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Cuba, saying U.S. citizens should not travel there. It cited the detention, harassment or beating by police of 43 Americans. The department also cited Fidel Castro's support at the UN for Communist countries.

There is mounting pressure among neutral countries for President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to meet. Indonesia and India introduced the a resolution at the UN calling for the meeting. Ghana, the United Arab Republic and Yugoslavia were also sponsors. The resolution urged the meeting "so that their declared willingness to find solutions of the outstanding problems by negotiation may be progressively implemented."

The U.S. administration is finding it awkward to resist the pressure, yet it foresees no positive outcome to a summit. Still, President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan will meet tomorrow to discuss the possibility resuming disarmament talks with the East.

Unless Communist East Germany withdraws the travel restrictions it recently imposed on West Germans, the West German government will stop trading with East Germany at the end of the year.

General Lyman Lemnitzer became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today. He succeeded Gen. Nathan Twining.

The Pentagon is stepping up development of the Polaris missile system, the Samos reconnaissance satellite and probably the B-70 supersonic bomber, using funds President Eisenhower had said he didn't need.

Nigeria is to win its independence from Great Britain tomorrow.