29. Telegram From the Delegation at the SEATO Council Meeting to the Department of State1

Secto 35. In accordance agreement with Secretary Dulles, Governor Stassen briefed Eden on status policies and planning with respect Asian economic program under approved Asian paper.2 Informed Eden of approximate magnitude and thinking with regard its relation Colombo plan. Stressed importance not raising Asian hopes beyond reasonable possibility being realized but of giving Asian countries grounds for belief their interests best served in continued cooperation with West and with free enterprise system. Eden expressed appreciation for being advised, indicated in his view that this moving in [Page 60] sound direction, and stated his intention advise Chancellor Exchequer.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 396.1–BA/2–2555. Confidential.
  2. Reference is to NSC 5506, Document 7.