72. Telegram From the Department of State to the Permanent Representative at the North Atlantic Council1

Topol 401. Excon. Re Poltos 489,2 497,3 504.4 Believe nonproductive for USDel continue trilateral discussions at this time. USDel should inform French and British colleagues that, view major differences in positions and relation subjects discussed during trilaterals to broader policy questions, e.g., NATO concept of future war, Foreign Ministers meeting and bilateral discussions between U.S. and Communist China, Washington will consult with U.K. and France through usual diplomatic channels later in month. Until broader policy issues are clarified U.S. feels trilateral meetings cannot resolve [Page 265] issues of substance and might create irritations over minor misunderstandings. Hence suggests meetings be adjourned sine die. Respective FonOffs, after forthcoming discussions, can decide when future meetings might be held.

FYI. Dept. very much concerned over depth of cleavage between U.S. and U.K.–France on trade control matters and is considering making major approach during trilateral discussions immediately before Foreign Ministers meeting. End FYI.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 460.509/10–655. Confidential. Drafted by Buckle and approved by Merchant who signed for Dulles. Repeated to London, Bonn, and Tokyo.
  2. See footnote 3, Document 70.
  3. See footnote 7, ibid.
  4. Document 70.