396.1 GE/7–654: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State

secret

Secto 563. Repeated information Paris 14, London 8, Saigon 12. I had long talk today with Lamb (UKDel) and have impression he is [Page 1292]not being kept very well informed by London. My principal purpose in seeing him was to attempt assure UK would stiffen and support French in trilateral discussions with Soviets on control organization. I referred to paragraph 7 US-UK note to French (Tosec 4901) and told him I had feeling when such discussions undertaken French might be inclined be somewhat too “flexible” on some aspects mechanics control organization in face of complete inflexibility on Communist side. I thought this particularly dangerous in absence any agreement on composition. In absence any indication Communists prepared to agree satisfactory composition, particularly important there not at this time be any weakening our position on basic principles control.

Lamb indicated general agreement.

Bonsal will see Tahourdin (UKDel, who will work directly with French) and Offroy tomorrow on same subject.

Johnson
  1. Telegram Tosec 490 to Geneva sent as telegram 4853 to Paris, June 28, p. 1256.