396.1 GE/5–2054: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State

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Secto 265. Repeated information Paris 306, Saigon 97. Secto 261, repeated Paris 302, Saigon 95.1 Following is translation letter to Under Secretary from Bao Dai presented by Ngo Dinh Luyen:

“Up to the present I have had neither the occasion nor the opportunity to break through the thick curtain of silence with which I have been constantly surrounded.

“The concurrence (connivance) of the cease-fire plans presented by France and the Viet Minh, both directed against the interests of Vietnam and the peace of the world, removes any scruple I might have had about making direct contact with peace-loving nations which are friendly to Vietnam.

“Mr. Ngo Dinh Luyen, in whom I place my entire confidence, is empowered by this letter to give and to receive in my name all information, all explanations, all proposals with regard to a concerted action looking toward, with a non-Communist Vietnam, consolidation of world peace, by diplomatic or any other means.

“I wish ardently that nations devoted to peace and liberty hear through my feeble voice this last call of the Vietnamese people for the solidarity of free peoples.”

  1. Telegram Secto 261, May 20, contained report of conversation between Under Secretary Smith and Ngo Dinh Luyen on May 18. For memorandum of conversation, see p. 843.