396.1 GE/6–1054: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of Defense

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Army Message Gento 54. Action Defense; repeated information USARMAs Paris, Saigon, London and Department State. From Defense representative Geneva. To Office Secretary of Defense, Washington [Page 1106]for Hensel, State Department from Sullivan. Following is summary French-VN military talks with Viet Minh 9 June reported to Defense representative by member French delegation:

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Viet Minh representative presented description areas in North Vietnam over which Viet Minh claim military superiority. French representative noted he had presented his position regarding areas throughout all Vietnam and insisted Viet Minh do same before discussions proceed to reconciliation conflicting positions. Viet Minh representative agreed.
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Re Delta area, Viet Minh representative acknowledged French Union forces control only Hanoi and Haiphong proper, that all other parts Delta in contested status.
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Comment: French del contact promised copy map showing areas claimed by both sides as soon as drawn up.