Memorandum of Conversation, by Mr. Charles P. Noyes, Adviser on Security Council Affairs, United States Mission at the United Nations



Subject: Korea—Chinese Aggression

Participants: Sir Gladwyn Jebb, United Kingdom Delegation
Mr. C. P. Noyes, United States Delegation

Sir Gladwyn indicated that he had received a telegram from the Foreign Office on the question. They had also received a copy of the Department’s resolution.1 Their attitude towards this resolution was favorable. The only comment he made was with respect to the last paragraph. He thought that after the word “authorities” we should add “notably the Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China”. He thought this would help to clarify the intent. I said I doubted we would be prepared to use the full title of the Peiping Government since this might involve some implication of recognition. I doubted that we would have any objection to making it clear that we had in mind particularly that regime.

Jebb also asked what the last clause meant—particularly the words “in the area”. He suggested that we take out the words “in the area” and substitute “in Peiping”. I said I thought that our purpose was to indicate that any contact that existed between the Commission and the Peiping Government should be utilized.

We discussed the question of sponsorship. I said that we certainly would be very glad if they would join us in sponsorship. The question of asking others to co-sponsor with us was entirely open. He suggested [Page 1060] that it might be useful to bring in some other countries. He doubted that India would wish to. He thought Egypt was a question mark. He thought that probably France would be interested, and perhaps Norway. He seemed to feel that there was no advantage in having more than four.

As to the timing of the introduction, I indicated that our thinking was that it would be advisable not to introduce the resolution before the council meeting but to discuss the question and delay the introduction of the resolution until the debate was well under way. Jebb preferred this course, also.

Jebb raised the question of an invitation to the Peiping Regime. He said this question was certain to arise at the opening of the first meeting. He thought the same Members of the Council who had supported the invitation in the Formosa case would do so again. He thought there were great advantages in doing so in this situation. Since the Peiping Representatives were presumably about to arrive in New York for the Formosa case, they would be on hand very quickly. He thought the Council would do well to invite them and confront them point-blank with the present situation and find out directly from their own mouths what they were doing. He thought we probably would receive a tirade from them, including all the standard charges of fascist beast, etc. He thought, nevertheless, if that were the case we would know what we were up against and could then act accordingly.

I said I had no idea what our position would be on this but would raise the issue and let him know.

C. P. Noyes
  1. Telegram 477, November 5, 11 p. m., to New York, p. 1049, was repeated as telegram 2343 to London.