396.1 GE/5–2754: Telegram

Seventh Restricted Session on Indochina, Geneva, May 27, 3 p.m.: The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Secto 326. Repeated information priority Paris 344, priority Saigon 121, Tokyo 94, London 214, Moscow 90. Department pass Defense; Tokyo pass CINCFE. Saigon pass Phnom Penh and Vientiane. Following is text Chinese Communist proposal presented at seventh restricted meeting:

“The participants of the Geneva Conference have agreed upon the following basic principles pertaining to the cessation of hostilities in Indochina:

  • “1. A complete cease-fire by all the armed forces of the two belligerent parties—ground, naval and air forces—is to be simultaneously carried out throughout the territory of Indochina.
  • “2. The two parties are to begin negotiations on appropriate readjustments of the area of their occupied zones, the passage of troops of the two parties during the readjustments and other related questions that may arise.
  • “3. The introduction into Indochina from outside of all kinds of fresh troops and military personnel as well as all types of arms and ammunition is to cease simultaneously with the cessation of hostilities throughout the territory of Indochina.
  • “4. Joint committee composed of representatives of the commands of the two parties are to supervise the implementation of the terms of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities.

    “International supervision by a neutral nations commission over the implementation of the aforesaid agreement is also to be carried out.

    “The question as to the composition of the neutral nations commission is to be examined separately.

  • “5. The states participating in the Geneva conference undertake guarantee the implementation of the agreement.

    “The question as to the nature of the obligations to be undertaken by the states concerned is to be examined separately.

  • “6. War prisoners and interned civilians are to be released by the two parties.”