On June 28, at the conclusion of their meetings in Washington, President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill of the United Kingdom issued a statement touching on a number of subjects of mutual and world interest. The portion of this statement which related to Southeast Asia read:
“We discussed Southeast Asia and, in particular, examined the situation which would arise from the conclusion of an agreement on Indochina. We also considered the situation which would follow from failure to reach such an agreement.[Page 1255]
“We will press forward with plans for collective defense to meet either eventuality.
“We are both convinced that if at Geneva the French Government is confronted with demands which prevent an acceptable agreement regarding Indochina, the international situation will be seriously aggravated.”
For the full text of this statement and the documentation on the visit of Prime Minister Churchill to the United States, see volume VI. The text of the statement is also printed in American Foreign Policy, 1950–1955: Basic Documents, volume I, pages 1705–1706, from which the above extract is taken.