396.1 GE/6–454: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State

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Secto 371. Department pass USUN; repeated information Paris 381, London 242, Bangkok 16, Usun 11. Reference Tosec 3341 and Secto 366.2 It seems to me that we must choose a careful path between resolution which would limit POC to Thailand and one which specifically provides for observation elsewhere in the area or directly implies that such observation will take place. As I said in Secto 366 Eden wants to avoid resolution specifically extending scope of POC beyond Thailand [Page 1031]but will support resolution which does not prohibit at a later stage, without further SC or GA action, the extension of this observation to Cambodia or Laos when those governments request it. It should not be difficult to find form of words to achieve this result. If the present subparagraph (a) of the draft resolution (Tosec 2293) carries too strong an implication to insure promised British support, perhaps it can be more generalized.

Smith
  1. Dated June 3, p. 1013.
  2. In telegram Secto 366, June 3, not printed, the U.S. Delegation reported that “Eden today said UK felt Security Council consideration Thai appeal should ‘not be pressed urgently’ and no resolution should be tabled which would have effect extending scope POC beyond Thailand.” (396.1 GE/6–354)
  3. Dated May 21, p. 876.