795.00/6–2751: Telegram

The United States Deputy Representative at the United Nations (Gross) to the Secretary of State

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1728. Re Korea. Lacoste called at his request. Referring to discussions of Millet with Rusk,1 he thought there might be a misunderstanding about the desire of France to be included in any discussions with Malik in which Jebb might be included. Lacoste stated and restated with emphasis his instructions that this is a subject that is too important to involve personal feelings or embarrassment. Therefore he did not ask to be included in any talks I might have with Malik. If, however, Jebb and I are to see Malik, he is under the strictest instructions to insist that he be included as well. I told Lacoste about the message from Malik that he hoped to see me at the SC dinner.

Lacoste was unwilling to let the matter rest there. He asked that if further talks should take place with Malik after the dinner he be included in them if Jebb is included. I commented that all decisions on this subject were being made by the Dept and I would, of course, forward his request.

On substance of Malik’s speech Lacoste stated general French position of grave desire to see its possibilities explored so that a cease fire could be obtained as soon as possible. This is so advantageous that it might well lead to further negotiations to end the Korean case. Massigli, French Ambassador to UK, has suggested to FonOff that Ridgway might formulate an answer and suggest talks by field commanders. Paris agrees that this is a useful suggestion. Adding his personal comment, Lacoste felt that UN optimism should be tempered. He thought we should look beyond the great temptation of the cease fire and see to it that it is soundly based on part of a plan for military settlement.

  1. See the memorandum of conversation by Mr. Rusk, June 5, p. 504.