344. Editorial Note

The United States Delegation began November 9 with the usual staff meeting at 9 a.m. At 9:45, Secretary Dulles discussed the Middle East with Macmillan at the latter’s villa. At 10 and 10:30, the Working Groups on Contacts and Trade held their last meetings. At 10:45, the three Western Ministers met at Pinay’s villa to discuss the course of the conference. They were joined at 11:30 by Brentano. At 4 p.m., the ninth meeting of the Foreign Ministers sat at the Palais des Nations until 7:29. At 7:45 Dulles met briefly with Brentano and Blankenhorn, and at 8 Suydam held a press briefing. At 9:15 the Secretary of State discussed disarmament with his principal advisers. At some point during the day Stassen reviewed the United States position on disarmament with Ambassador Bova-Scoppa. (Department of [Page 728]State, Conference Files: Lot 60 D 627, CF 580, Chron–18 and US OD/11b)

Records of the sessions of the working groups and the ninth meeting of the Foreign Ministers follow. For a summary of the meeting between Dulles and the two German officials, see footnote 11, Document 347. Records of the staff meeting, Stassen’s discussion with Bova Scoppa, and the press briefing are in Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 60 D 627, CF 580, Chron–18 and US OD/11b. No records of the tripartite Foreign Ministers meeting or Dulles’ discussion of disarmament have been found in Department of State files.