500.CC/2–2845: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Caffery) to the Secretary of State

931. I saw Bidault after my conversation with Wilson and Matthews.83 He said that two formulae had been discussed with the British and that the British had expressed a preference for the one Wilson gave me on the telephone; “(but in no sense precluding full freedom of discussion and the right to propose amendments at the Conference)”; but had not opposed a second.

“The above mentioned Governments suggest that the Conference take as the basis of discussion the proposals for the establishment of a general international organization which were made public last October after the Dumbarton Oaks Conference. These proposals have now been supplemented by the following provisions for Section C of Chapter VI:” (The foregoing would replace the first part of the second paragraph of the text in Department’s 753, February 23, midnight.84)

He said he would strongly support the first one at the Council of Ministers to be held this morning at 11:30 but was not sure which one the Council would approve.85

  1. Telephone conversation with Edwin C. Wilson, Director, Office of Special Political Affairs, and H. Freeman Matthews, Director, Office of European Affairs, took place at midnight February 27, Paris time.
  2. Same as telegram 1409, February 23, midnight, to London, p. 89; see also telegram 1970, February 26, 3 p.m., from London, p. 95.
  3. Ambassador Caffery informed the Secretary of State in telegram 950, February 28, 6 p.m., from Paris, that the Council of Ministers had that morning approved the formula set out in the second paragraph of his 931 of February 28, and that the information was reported by Bidault (500.CC/2–2845).