835.24/6–248: Telegram

The Ambassador in Belgium ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

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1122. ReEmbtel 1111, June 1.1 Saw Spaak this morning, who appreciates necessity withholding tank shipments and understands our position. Was impressed by senatorial action mentioned second paragraph Deptel 823, May 31. Has instructed Ministry National Defense prepare Belgian Commission examine, in conjunction British or other officers, remaining tanks evaluating their military usefulness.

Re possibility that story might break in press, which needless say would be most unfortunate, Spaak referred to fact that no tanks have been shipped from Belgium since October 22, 1947. Therefore I suggest Department be prepared if story breaks in American press issue some statement effect that for some 5 months prior signature Five Power Brussels pact no tanks shipped from Belgium.

Kirk
  1. Not printed, but see footnote 3 to telegram 1102, p. 319.