881.00/7–345: Telegram

No. 663
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State


6686. FonOff tells us Gousev called yesterday on Cadogan and left with him a note requesting that talks in Paris on Tangier be held in abeyance until arrangements can be made for Soviet expert to attend.

Gannon [ Garran ] and Beckett, members of Brit delegation which went to Paris for the talks, returned to London this afternoon to discuss this development with FonOff officials.

We were told that first reaction of FonOff to this Soviet move is that if Soviets are brought into the discussions difficulties with the Spaniards will arise causing delay in settlement, a situation from which only Franco can profit. (Sent Dept as 6686, rptd Paris as 429 rptd Tangier as 39.)