396.1 GE/7–154: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Delegation 1

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Tosec 507. Eyes only Johnson. Reference Tosecs 478,2 4803 and 495.4 In withdrawing basic instructions, and in instructing you not take part in work of any ad hoc commission, we did not mean to imply you should cease exert all possible influence on French to resist communist bloc efforts impose Indochina agreement from which we might feel obliged dissociate ourselves.

In particular, we desire you continue urge French delegation stand firm on question international control commission (UN or Colombo powers) and other conditions listed numbered paragraphs Tosec 490.5

  1. Drafted by Sturm of FE/PSA.
  2. Dated June 24. p. 1238.
  3. Dated June 25. p. 1247.
  4. In telegram Tosec 495, June 30, the Department of State informed Johnson that “in light French aide-mémoire (Tosec 489), joint United States-United Kingdom reply thereto which now approved, and decision set up United States-United Kingdom study group (Deptel 1154 to Geneva [not printed]), approve your continuing as head USDel on present basis until further notice.” (Conference files, lot 60 D 627. CF 253)
  5. Tosec 490 to Geneva sent as telegram 4853 to Paris, June 28, p. 1256.