212. Editorial Note

At 9 a.m. on July 21, the Tripartite Coordinating (Working) Group held its third meeting at Prime Minister Eden’s villa with MacArthur, Merchant, Bowie, and Phleger attending for the United States. At 9:30 a.m. they joined Secretary Dulles and McCardle at the Palais des Nations for a meeting of the three Western Foreign Ministers. No records for either of these meetings have been found in Department of State files, but Merchant recalled that they were held to draft a directive for the Foreign Ministers to carry on the work of the Conference and that a Western text was easily agreed on. (Merchant, Recollections, page 39) According to an entry in the Order of the Day for July 21, a small staff meeting was also held at 9:15 at Secretary Dulles’ villa with the six members of the United States Delegation mentioned above plus O’Connor, Bohlen, Thompson, Tyler, and McAuliffe. It seems unlikely that such a meeting was held, certainly not with the four United States members of the Tripartite Group present, and no other mention of it has been found in the records of the Conference. A copy of the Order of the Day, SUM OD–4, July 21, is in Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 63 D 123, CF 513.