740.5/10–2551: Telegram

The United States Deputy Representative on the North Atlantic Council (Spofford) to the Secretary of State 1

Depto 508. Ref Depto 4732 and 502.3 Discussed with Hoyer-Millar today coordination of various Ger questions in preparation for Rome. He at first indicated preference for postponing Rome mtg but believe he now agrees on importance of having mtg even if final action impossible on either Ger or TCC. He stated, incidentally, that Harriman had told Makins TCC report wld not be finished before December 5.

He stated UK also preoccupied with pulling ends together and EDCNATO relationships. Their preference was for earliest possible tripartite discussion not necessarily at ministerial level and that discussion next week by three Deps, assisted by whatever experts each govt considered desirable, wld be useful before question discussed by CD. He indicated UK thinking on EDCNATO relationship generally [Page 697]along lines of Depto 473, considered Ger membership in NATO essential, and Fr unreadiness to face it raising numerous otherwise avoidable difficulties.

  1. Repeated to Paris, Bonn, and Frankfurt.
  2. Of October 18, p. 891.
  3. Of October 23, p. 898.