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Paris Peace Conference

The Paris Peace Conference of 1946

…“This conference has a seemingly impossible task. Organised in order to negotiate peace, peace itself is nowhere to be found. Instead, disagreement reigns. Although attended by a multitude of nations, two main opponents have split the conference into adversarial camps, and thus, although not deliberately, all the national representatives have split into groups of like-minded partisans…

…And yet somehow (during some of the sessions to which I was lucky enough to attend) a few startlingly frank opinions have managed to emerge. Austria, pale yet eloquent and reminiscent of Dollfuss and Schuschnigg. After Egypt and India, fittingly it was Greece, poignant and humane, shocked at the presence and at the aggressive tone and claims of its former enemy Albania.
Of these memorable events, the most lasting impression is that it is impossible for true peace to emerge from such an extremist enterprise because in this crowd of demigod nations there are too many silences and too much stubborn refusal‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

The Paris Peace Conference, M.C., Le Jour, September 3rd, 1946.