740.00119 Council/3–1147: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Smith) to the Acting Secretary of State


761. Delsec 1291, for the President and Acting Secretary Acheson from Marshall. The CFM met today 11 March from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with me presiding.

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On the information report Molotov desired on China, both Bevin and myself agreed, and so stated, that it was not a matter for CFM but that we had no objection to an informal exchange of data among the three Ministers concerned as an item entirely separate from the Council table. Bidault disassociated France from any discussion thereof. Molotov proposed that any discussions result in a communiqué such as that of the Moscow Conference. I and Bevin opposed any discussion of such a matter at the Council table. There being no agreement, we passed to the next item.

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