The Secretary of
State to the Department of
Secto 2. Secretary and Eden this morning noted that practically complete agreement had been reached on principles of joint US–UK action re Saar and that it remains to produce agreed bipartite paper in Washington as soon as possible. It was agreed mention privately to Schuman importance of taking no action of any kind, including revision Franco-Saar Convention, pending EDC ratifications. Secretary and Eden will therefore take occasion raise subject with Schuman privately when no other members French delegation are present. Secrecy considered of the first importance.
Repeated to Bonn, Paris, and Strasbourg.
Secretary Acheson was in London on the first leg of a trip to London, Berlin, Vienna, and Rio de Janeiro. Regarding his visit to Berlin, see telegram 1375 from Berlin, Document 551. Regarding his visit to Vienna, see the editorial note and telegrams 8 and 23, Documents 805– 807.↩