501.AA/3–1748: Telegram

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

us urgent

1412. Foreign Office states French representative at UN has been instructed to go along with us on the question of Italian application UN membership (Deptel 791, March 12).

In connection with numbered paragraph 3 mentioned in my 1371, March 15 Foreign Office states that France will stand firm in opposing all Soviet satellite applications other than Finland. If application of Finland is raised French will support it.1

  1. On information from the U.S. Mission at the United Nations, to the effect that France “would vote for all Soviet satellite applications except Bulgaria”, the Department telegraphed New York that this report did not accord with information from Paris. “This was to effect French would oppose all satellites except Finland. We certainly hope Paris advice is correct. Please recheck.” (Department’s telegram 155, to New York, repeated to Paris as No. 901 with additional sentence: “Emb Paris also please recheck.” File No. 501.AA/3–1748)