396.1 GE/6–454: Telegram

Twelfth Restricted Session on Indochina, Geneva, June 4, 3 p.m.: The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Secto 381. Repeated information Paris 388, London 246, Saigon 145, Tokyo 112. Department pass Defense. Tokyo pass CINCFE. Indochina restricted session Friday June 4, continued discussion international controls armistice agreement.1 There was no apparent progress toward meeting of minds.

On composition international commission, our side upheld thesis true neutrality or impartiality while Molotov stated essential commission contain countries having diplomatic, political relations each side and that countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia could not be rejected. General agreement this subject might be pursued in private conversations.

On relations between joint committees of belligerents and international control commission, Eden, Bidault and Smith reiterated strong stand that international commission must have authority and full facilities and joint committees be definitely subordinate. Molotov equally firm that task of international commission one of coordination and assisting belligerents to implement armistice agreement.

Eden expressed interest in Chou En-lai’s proposal that nine Geneva powers act as court of appeal in case international control commission unable settle disputes. Eden stated this worthy further study. Molotov [Page 1038] said nine guarantors might receive unresolved disputes from international commission and agree on collective measures.

Cambodian Del reiterated special nature Cambodian case and proposed special international control commission for Cambodia made up of three nations to be selected by conference from India, Pakistan, Burma, Philippines, Japan, Canada and Italy.

  1. For the French proposal made at the Twelfth Restricted Session on “Structure of Supervision in Viet-Nam”, see supra .