396.1 GE/6–354: Telegram
The United States Delegation to the Department of State
Dulte 143. For Secretary from Smith. Our messages cross rather often. Believe this summary will help to clarify:
[Here follows the portion of this message pertaining to the Korean phase of the Conference; for the text, see page 339.]
Your recent instructions have given us a clear line of procedure for next few days. Gromyko’s proposal of supervisory authority consisting of India, Pakistan, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and our rejection, supported by our associates, of Poland and Czechoslovakia or any other Communist states in the Soviet orbit, leave us at an impasse which Eden thought last night might be a breaking issue. At the closed session on Indochina this afternoon the French will probably make some counter-proposals. I do not yet know what these may be but if it becomes necessary I will throw in Thailand and the Philippines; otherwise, will make no statement.
I believe the Communists are convinced that once military talks reach point of producing some sort of cease-fire formula acceptable to France, that then nothing can stop the cease-fire and that when this occurs the composition of a supervisory authority will become almost academic and they will get about what they want. Meanwhile, the continuing deterioration of the military situation in the Delta will exert increasing pressure on the French to accept almost any face-saving cease-fire formula.