Conference files, lot 60 D 627, CF 311

Memorandum by Richard V. Hennes to the Head of the United States Delegation (Smith)

Attached is a statement prepared by Ambassador Heath for your use in the event the Communists raise the question of the presence at the Conference of the “ghost regimes” in Cambodia and Laos. Ambassador Heath has the original, which he will bring to the session.



At Berlin we agreed that “the problem of restoring peace in Indochina” would be discussed at this conference “to which representatives of the United States, France, the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Chinese People’s Republic, and other interested states will be invited.”

At Geneva the four inviting powers have agreed that in addition to the participation specified at Berlin there should be representatives at this conference of the Governments of Laos, Cambodia, and Viet Nam, and of the Vietminh.

The United States cannot agree that non-existent so-called governments or states, such as the so-called Pathet Lao or Free Cambodians can in any way be considered as qualifying for invitations to this conference under the Berlin Agreement.

The United States proposes that any idea of inviting these nonexistent so-called governments be rejected. If there is opposition to this United States proposal, the United States suggests this meeting be adjourned to allow for further discussions on this point between the four inviting powers.