851.00/4–2546: Telegram

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


1964. When I accompanied the Secretary to call on Bidault this afternoon,13 most of the time was taken up with Bidault’s opposition to trusteeship plans in connection with Tripolitania; against a Russian trusteeship as well as against an international trusteeship. He repeated the arguments he has advanced previously.

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In conversation on matters in general, he was more vigorous in talking against Russian pretensions than he has been for some time. When I questioned him on this he said that in the Cabinet meeting today (my telegram 1962 April 2414) he had been given a “free hand” in foreign affairs.

  1. April 24. The Secretary arrived in Paris on April 23.
  2. Not printed.