396.1 GE/7–1954: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State 1

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Secto 665. For Secretary from Under Secretary. Reference: Tosec 568.2 In event failure Geneva conference I believe it would be useful if President included in his radio and TV speech reference to approach British and ourselves have made to prospective members of southeast Asia collective security organization (Secto 6603 and previous).

If you agree suggest you send us text of pertinent language so that I may inform Eden before speech delivered.

I told Mendes-France today of the President’s intention. He expressed interest and I invited his suggestions for anything he thought might be usefully included in the speech. He promised to let me know.

Smith
  1. Handwritten notation on the source text indicates that the Secretary of State saw this telegram.
  2. Dated July 18, p. 1436.
  3. Dated July 19, p. 1448.