645K.51T3/2–2751: Telegram

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


5040. Embtel 4959, February 22, 1951. Concurrently with Ambassador Bonnet’s approach to Department1 FonOff reiterated to us their disappointment and perplexity that Department persisted in jeopardizing joint Anglo-French resolution re Ewe problem by wishing to present amendment which would entail new elections and prolong difficulties with no assurance of settlement. They asserted that Department had not given convincing arguments which could in any way alter carefully prepared position British and French. Resolution, they said was result of two months’ study and discussion between British and themselves, and they would be obliged to oppose any alterations which might be unfeasible and incompatible with their responsibilities as administering powers.

In conclusion FonOff deplored possible parading of lack of unanimity among North Atlantic powers before Trusteeship Council on Ewe problem. French unshakeably convinced they have fulfilled Council’s instructions regarding elections and believe joint Anglo-French proposal equitable means for concluding problem.

Embassy in no position to judge question but is impressed with seriousness with which French regard matter and their desire to settle issue this session Trusteeship Council.

Sent Department 5040, repeated info London 1205.

  1. Ambassador Bonnet apparently did not approach the Department on the Ewe question until March 1; see the memorandum of conversation, infra.