Memorandum by the Special Adviser to the United States Delegation (Bonsal) to the Head of the Delegation (Smith)


Laloy of the French Delegation tells me that there will be a meeting this afternoon between the French Delegation (Latournelle, Gros, Laloy and Cheysson) and the Viet Minh Delegation in order to go over both the draft military agreements and the draft declaration. The idea is to see whether questions to be settled by Ministers can be separated from those which can be considered purely technical.

In reply to my question, Laloy told me that the Vietnam Delegation will not be represented at this meeting. While the Vietnam Delegation has participated in the military conversations, it is Laloy‘s view that these are1 at a higher level and that there is no reason for Vietnamese participation. (I think this is a mistake.)

  1. On a copy of this document in Conference files, lot 60 D 627, CF 306, the words “these are” have been stricken and the following words inserted: “today’s meeting is”.