740.00/3–150: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Belgium 1


265. For Amb from Perkins. Have requested Bohlen communicate with you to get your evaluation present thinking and ideas of govt to which accredited re problem of Ger and into what org of Western Europe can Ger be integrated. Prefer info be based your knowledge and evaluation and that govts not be approached this matter this time. If however in evaluating info you feel necessary discuss with govt reps pls make clear you are doing so informally for your own info and not under instrs. Desirable Bohlen present this info at forthcoming mtg Douglas, Bruce, Dunn, Harriman, McCloy, Kirk2 with me which will be another in series of mtgs this group3 and Ger to be discussed along with other questions.

  1. Repeated to London for Holmes as telegram 936, to Paris for Bohlen as 869, to The Hague as 191, and to Stockholm as 130. In the cables to The Hague, Brussels, and Stockholm, the following sentence was added: “Realize it wld be preferable you present views personally that mtg and am writing explanation why that not feasible.” The telegram to Stockholm contained an additional message as follows: “In your case we are not interested so much in Swed views per se as in your evaluation of gen Scandinavian views”. (740.00/3–150)
  2. Adm. Alan G, Kirk, Ambassador in the Soviet Union.
  3. Reference here is to the Ambassadors meeting scheduled to take place in Rome in the last week of March. For documentation on this meeting, see pp. 795 ff.