396.1 GE/7–2054: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Secto 685. Repeated information Paris 113, Saigon 82. State pass Defense. Following is unofficial translation of “draft declaration of the Cambodian delegation on the final act” which will apparently be [Page 1477] added to list of conference documents transmitted Secto 682 repeated information Paris 112 Saigon 81.1

“Paragraphs 6 and 9 of the final act2 stipulate respect for the territorial integrity of Vietnam. The delegation of Cambodia asks the conference to consider that this clause does not imply the abandonment of the rights and legitimate interests which Cambodia might wish to assert with respect to certain regions of South Vietnam, and subject to which Cambodia has formulated specific reservations, particularly at the time of the signature of the Franco-Khmer Treaty of 8 November 1949 on the relations between Cambodia and FR, and at the time of the vote on the FR law joining Cochin China to Vietnam.

Faithful to the ideal of peace and to the international principle of non-intervention, Cambodia does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of the state of Vietnam, and associates itself completely with the principle of respect for its integrity, subject to a reservation concerning the adjustment and regularization of the delimitation of the frontiers between that state and Cambodia, frontiers until now fixed by unilateral act of France.

In support of this declaration, the Delegation of Cambodia is addressing to all members of the conference a ‘memorandum on the Cambodian territories of South Vietnam’.3

19 July 1954”

  1. Dated July 20, not printed. (396.1 GE/7–2054)
  2. See telegram Secto 684, supra .
  3. Not printed. (Conference files, lot 60 D 627, CF 302)