501.AA/3–1548: Telegram

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

us urgent

1358. I saw Bidault1 for a few minutes just before the opening of the CEEC meeting this afternoon and spoke to him about the proposed reopening of the question of Italian application for UN membership. He did not have time to go into the matter fully but indicated “off-hand” that he was favorable to the idea (reDeptel 791, March 12).

He asked whether “consultation” (numbered paragraph 4A in reference telegram) meant consultation by the Big Five. I said that was my understanding.

Question is being discussed more fully with Chauvel2 later this afternoon.

  1. Georges Bidault, French Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  2. Jean Chauvel, Secretary-General of the French Foreign Office.