396.1 GE/6–2154: Telegram
The United States Delegation to the Department of State
Secto 496. Repeated information Paris 478, Saigon 192. Re Secto 488 repeated Paris 473, Saigon 189.1 Chauvel has just given me following proposal which he may submit at meeting tomorrow and at same time withdraw proposal contained Secto 460:2
“The conference may constitute, each time that the need is felt, an ‘ad hoc commission’ of which the composition will be fixed according to the subject under consideration. The ad hoc commissions will take up their studies within the framework of directives given by the conference, and on the basis of the proposals and statements of the delegations. They will submit, in the shortest time possible, their recommendations to the conference, and in case of divergency, the explanation of the contradictory views.”
I intend, in the absence of contrary instruction from the Department to go along with the above proposal at the meeting tomorrow. It appears to me consistent with working method conference has already adopted and with my understanding of first paragraph Tedul 211.3 He is primarily interested in giving impression of conference activity.