173. Editorial Note

On July 16 Secretary of State Dulles participated in a North Atlantic Council meeting, held at the Palais de Chaillot at 10 a.m., during which the three Western Foreign Ministers briefed their NATO Allies on the preparations for the Geneva Conference. (Secto 25 from Paris, July 16; Department of State, Central Files, 396.1–GE/7–1655; summary record, C–R(55)32; Ibid., Conference Files: Lot 63 D 123, CF 494) During that morning he also conferred with S. Stephanopoulos, Chairman of the Council, on Cyprus. (Secto 20 from Paris, July 16; Ibid., CF 524) The Secretary of State then lunched with Lord Ismay, Secretary General of the Council, before departing for Orly Field at 5 p.m. No record of the luncheon has been found in Department of State files. The flight to Geneva was uneventful and Secretary Dulles arrived at 6:30 p.m. in time to greet President Eisenhower who arrived at 8. For text of the President’s arrival speech, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1955, page 707; descriptions of the ceremonies at Cointrin Airport, Geneva, are in the diaries of Ann Whitman and Major John Eisenhower. (Eisenhower Library, Whitman File)

The President and the Secretary of State then drove to the President’s villa, the Chateau du Creux de Genthod, on Lake Geneva, where Secretary Dulles briefed the President on the meeting with Faure and Eden scheduled for the next day and on the NATO meeting at Paris. A memorandum of their conversation is infra. At the [Page 340]same time Hagerty and McCardle met to discuss press arrangements for the United States Delegation. A memorandum of their discussion, USDEL/MC/24, July 17, is in Department of State, Central File 396.1–GE/7–1755.