Memorandum of Conversation, by the
Secretary of State1
- The Secretary of State
- Mr. Freeman Matthews—G
- Mr. George C. McGhee—NEA
- Sir Oliver Franks—British Ambassador
The British Ambassador called, at his request, and presented the attached memorandum from Mr. Morrison dated July 7, 1951, which was in response to conversations between myself and the British Ambassador on the 4th of July relative to the President’s proposal to send out a personal representative to Iran to discuss the oil question.2
After reading the memorandum I advised that I felt the U.S. Government could and should support the recommendation of the International Court of Justice as requested by Mr. Morrison.3 I did, however, feel that it might still be desirable for the President to [Page 82]send out a personal representative whose going might be linked to the findings of the Court and who might facilitate a working out of a modus vivendi either in the way prescribed by the Court or in some variation of the Court recommendation which might be acceptable to both governments. I then sketched out some of my thoughts in this matter (which were subsequently incorporated in the President’s reply to Dr. Mosadeq4) for the benefit of the Ambassador.
The British Ambassador stated that he was sure that London would appreciate United States support of the ICJ recommendation and might not oppose the President’s sending out a representative if linked to the Court’s decision in the way that I had suggested. He stated, however, that he would like to go back to London on this point and hoped to advise me by noon the day following as to London’s reaction.
(The British Ambassador did, on the day following, advise the Secretary that London acquiesced in the proposed reply by the President to Prime Minister Mosadeq’s message, even though it was indicated that Mr. Morrison still had the same reservations with respect to the President sending out a personal representative.)
- Drafted by McGhee.↩
- These conversations were summarized in telegram 72 to London, July 2. (888.2553/7–451)↩
- For text of the International Court of Justice opinion, July 5, see British Cmd. 8425, pp. 45–51.↩
- On July 9 the Iranian Government rejected the opinion of the International Court of Justice.↩