500.C1112/45: Telegram

The Consul at Geneva (Gilbert) to the Secretary of State

397. Department’s telegram 120, October 4, 10 p.m.

1. I delivered your message to Spinasse this morning.

Rueff said to me that the reply of the American Government had not been entirely unforeseen and that he did not consider it as being at variance with the views of the French Government which had merely wished to ascertain what method of approach to these problems seemed most feasible to us. Then he said that the French Government would convey to the American Government through the regular diplomatic channel perhaps immediately43 such ideas as they might have on the general subject which Spinasse broached to me. They would keep any such action strictly confidential.

2. Rueff stated that his present idea was that the French would present a resolution to the Second Committee perhaps jointly with the British which would be a general indorsement of the conclusion of the Economic Committee’s report and to the simultaneous announcements of the three powers.

  1. See telegram No. 1067, October 30, 10 p.m., from the Ambassador in France, vol. ii, p. 94.