840.20/3–2548: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in France

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965. For Caffery’s eyes only. Following identical message to Bevin and Bidault delivered to their Ambs today. “I agree with your and Bevin’s (Bidault’s) suggestion of March 17 that the next step should be preliminary working discussions here and that Benelux should be represented. My Government is urgently studying the Brussels Treaty and the part the United States should play in further security arrangements. I hope we shall be in a position to undertake discussions very shortly. Lovett will be getting in touch with your Ambassador here in the near future and my absence1 at Bogotá will not interfere with pressing the discussions to a rapid conclusion.”

Sent Paris as 965; rptd London for Gallman’s eyes only as 1058.

  1. Secretary Marshall was Chairman of the United States delegation to the Ninth International Conference of American States, Bogotá, Colombia, March 30–May 2, 1948. For documentation on this conference, see vol. ix, pp. 1 ff.