740.5/9–654: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State, at Manila 1

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Tedul 15. British firmly desire nine-power (six EDC countries plus US, UK and Canada) meeting London September 14 on post-EDC situation. They will not issue invitations until certain our acceptance.

Despite tightness schedule and difficulty our arrival any firm detailed US position by that date, I recommend you authorize me inform British we will accept formal invitation on understanding meeting preliminary to later full NAC meeting. I do not see how I could attend with you still out of country. Murphy may well be Triesting at that time and hence unavailable for London. Accordingly, I recommend designation Bruce to represent US at London meeting and request your approval.

  1. Drafted by Merchant and cleared with Murphy.