The Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
2980. Personal for Mr. Polk and Mr. Dulles.
Your 3416, July 31, 3 p.m. and other messages relating directly or indirectly to the same subject. The policy of the Department is as follows: One. United States should not participate in the work of setting up Commissions, etc. until the Treaty is ratified by the United States. Two. There seems to be no reason why United States representatives cannot discuss with representatives of the other Powers [Page 8] what may be done if and when the Treaty comes into force. Three. Questions regarding the execution of the Treaty and the personnel of the various Commissions, etc., will be studied in the Department, as well as in the American Commission, in order that upon ratification of the Treaty by the United States no unnecessary delay may occur in carrying out the terms thereof. Four. The President is planning to nominate a successor to Mr. Dulles in a few days and Mr. Dulles will be able to confer with him upon his arrival in the United States.