396.1 GE/5–2054: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State

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Dulte 93. Repeated information Paris 208. Eyes only Ambassador. Reference Dulte 86, repeated information Paris 295.1 While not happy about situation, Bidault agrees that for time being talks should continue in Paris on understanding he will be kept closely informed here. He was worried at receiving no news from Paris of talks in last few days, but felt better when I told him we had heard of none and were sure there had been none. He was concerned about intrigue there, while expressing complete confidence in integrity of Laniel and Maurice Schumann, he appears to feel that his political antennae are more sensitive than theirs. He mentioned one mechanical problem in that Margerie was only one in Quai d’Orsay at working level whom he trusted to backstop these conversations satisfactorily, but felt he could not spare him from Geneva. He believes that it should be fairly clear by end of next week whether there is any chance of doing any serious negotiating here and if prospect is then negative, he hopes to turn over to Schumann and return to Paris.

  1. Dated May 19, p. 853.