852.00/5–2247: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom

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2218. For the Ambassador. We are very pleased note from urtel 2840 May 20 that there now seems to be better understanding on part Brit in respect our suggestions re Spain.

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As possible channel approach to Franco we suggest similar but not identic letters might be addressed by Pres and Mr. Attlee1 to Franco. These communications could be sent our Chargés d’Affaires Madrid who would ask for appointments, preferably separately, in order present them to Franco. If Franco refuses receive Chargés letters could then be handed Span FonOff for delivery. Such approach would have double advantage of avoiding adverse effects of publicity and of preventing Franco from distorting oral approach to benefit his own position.

  1. Clement R. Attlee, British Prime Minister.