418. Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian and African Affairs (Rountree) to the Acting Secretary of State1
- Arms Shipments to the Middle East
Attached (Tab B)2 is a memorandum on arms shipments to the Middle East prepared by representatives of the US,UK and France in Geneva and subject to final approval by the Foreign Ministers. The French subsequently expressed a reservation regarding paragraph 4 (Tab C),3 and the US delegation at Geneva has suggested that final coordination of the memorandum take place in Washington. The memorandum calls for consultation in Washington by the French and British Ambassadors and a representative of the Department on arms deliveries to Israel and the Arab states.
On instructions from the Secretary we asked the Italians if they wished to participate in the consultations. The Italians replied affirmatively (Tab D).4 The British and French have approved the suggestion (Tab E).5
- That you authorize us to invite the Ambassadors of the UK, France and Italy to call and that you preside at the first meeting.
- That at the meeting you suggest the procedures set forth in the attached paper (Tab A).6
- Source: Department of State,NEA Files: Lot 59 D 518, Alpha—Memos, etc., during the Geneva Conf., Nov. 1–Dec. 10, 1955. Secret. Drafted by Burdett and concurred in by Russell,Beale, and Bryan.↩
- Tab B is Secto 302, Document 409.↩
- Tab C,Secto 330 from Geneva, November 16, stated that Henri Roux had informed members of the British and American delegations that Pinay on November 15 had “expressed reservation with regard words ‘where substantial quantities are involved’ in para 4 and said his understanding was that Secretary and Macmillan had agreed with him previously that existing contracts could be discharged in full. Roux said Pinay hoping have word with Secretary and Macmillan today to clear this matter up.” (Department of State, Central Files, 396.1–GE/11–1655)↩
- Tab D, telegram 1706 from Geneva, November 16, not printed. (Ibid., 396.1–WA/11–1555)↩
- Tab E,Secto 334 from Geneva, November 16, not printed. (Ibid., 396.1–GE/ 11–1655)↩
- Hoover initialed his approval of both recommendations. The initial meeting of the Ambassadorial Committee occurred at the Department of State on December 9. As had been recommended. Under Secretary of State Hoover presided at this session. Those in attendance included Ambassador Makins for the United Kingdom, Ambassador Maurice Couve de Murville for France, and Ambassador Manlio Brosio for Italy. For the memorandum of this conversation, drafted by Wilkins, seeibid., 480.008/12–955.↩
- Drafted by Burdett on November 18.↩