501.BB Korea/2–1248: Telegram

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


783. Foreign Office officials responsible for French policy in United Nations informed me they have never had any illusions Soviets would change from position taken GA (General Assembly) discussions on Korean Commission. Therefore, in its original letter of instructions to French representative on KC (Korean Commission), Foreign Office instructed that if Commission unable enter Soviet zone he should insist that it complete its work in that part Korea accessible to it.

Foreign Office informed Commission split 4–3 on question consultation with Interim Committee with Boncour strongly opposing. Foreign Office feels no useful purpose will be served by reopening debate in IC (Interim Committee) but if this does take place French position will be that Commission should complete its work as far as possible (and if possible before March 31 deadline which Foreign Office does not consider unalterable) before reporting to United Nations (Deptel 394, February 91).

Officials added Parodi2 has copy Boncour’s letter of instruction incorporating these views. As Parodi has adequate guidance, Foreign Office does not consider it necessary send him new instructions unless he requests them.

  1. See footnote 1, p. 1098.
  2. Alexandre Parodi, French representative at the United Nations.