The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 15—3:35 p.m.]
1988. Your 909, September 13, 8 p.m. Western Union general manager in France misunderstood present status of problem. The [Page 542] Supreme Army Council is still studying problem. Final decision is expected soon, but until decision is taken the Commission de Controle Télégraphique Internationale transmits promptly all transit telegrams either in code or in plain language. All telegrams from and to France are examined. Delay in transmission is insignificant for telegrams in any of eight codes mentioned in my 1786. Delay is much greater and non-delivery possible for those in non-usual codes. All rulings apply both to cable and radiotelegraph companies. Decision of Supreme Army Council will be forwarded as soon as received.