740.0011 Moscow/10–1843

Memorandum of Conversation, by the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman)

Participants: Mr. Anthony Eden
The Secretary
Sir Archibald Clark-Kerr10
Mr. Harriman

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Mr. Eden said that he would fully support the Secretary’s strong position on the inclusion of China in the Four-Power Declaration. The British Ambassador expressed his personal strong sympathy for this position and its importance at this time. He suggested that some slight concession to the Soviets might be necessary if it could be done without in any way compromising the Four Power aspect of the Declaration. He suggested that the announcement might be made as a declaration from the tri-partite conference with the combined offer of the three participants to China to join in order to make it a four-power declaration. He expressed the view that there would be no difficulty in getting the Chinese Government’s immediate acceptance. This small concession might well overcome Molotov’s reluctance to have a four-power declaration emerge from a tri-partite conference. The Secretary did not agree as to concession.

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  1. British Ambassador in the Soviet Union.