845.01/149: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Officer in Charge at New Delhi ( Merrell )

101. Personal for the President’s personal representative. I have discussed personally with the President your telegram no. 145, April 4, 8 p.m.

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The information you send is particularly interesting.

The President asked me to let you know, however, that he does not consider it desirable or expedient for him, at least at this juncture, to undertake any further personal participation in the discussion. You know how earnestly the President has already tried to be of help. It is feared that if at this moment he interposed his own views, the result would complicate further an already overcomplicated situation.

In view of the already increasingly critical military situation, do you not believe that there is increasing likelihood of the responsible leaders adopting a more constructive attitude? Please continue to telegraph fully all developments.