396.1 GE/5–2054: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Secto 268. Repeated information Bangkok 8, Paris 309, Saigon 99, USUN/NY 1. Robertson, Phleger and Bonsal today discussed with Prince Wan question Thailand initiating United Nations POC action. Robertson gave Prince Wan gist of second paragraph Tosec 2031 and read him Lodge’s comments contained New York’s 745 to Department, repeated information to Geneva as 2.2 Robertson also made clear to Prince Wan that French Government now in full agreement this proposal.

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Prince Wan expressed agreement with procedure outlined reference telegram from Lodge. He is instructing Khoman to begin drawing up necessary communications and statements and to get in touch with Phleger and Henkin regarding them. He agrees that Security Council phase should involve Thailand along with support from Cambodia and Laos being introduced only at time of General Assembly consideration. If Department or USUN have further specific suggestions on drafting or procedure, please telegraph them here.

With regard to timing, Wan still has reservations. He would evidently prefer to await some specific military move upon which Thailand action would be based. We will continue to urge gravity of present situation upon him, desirability of having POC in place before grave emergency arises and evident intent of Viet Minh to dominate Cambodia and Laos at this time with obvious threat to Thailand.

Prince Wan particularly impressed by argument that United Nations has been excluded from Indochina situation and that Thailand initiative would be partial remedy.

  1. Dated May 19, p. 851.
  2. Not printed, but see footnote 2, p. 862.