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The Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom


169. Dept has in mind bilateral discussions in Wash probably at Asst Secy level with respective Ambs, ur 58, Jan 5. Exact timing indefinite but we seriously doubt whether we wld be ready before 60 to 90 days hence. Furthermore, believe undesirable talk with Brit prior their general election. We wld hope that definitive Cabinet decision by Brit cld be held over until after consultations with us. Can Emb elaborate meaning Parrott’s expression “on a slippery slope”?