283. Telegram From Secretary of State Herter to the Department of State0

Cahto 5. For Acting Secretary for President from Secretary.

“Dear Mr. President:

“In yesterday’s meetings with the Foreign Ministers,1 we completed work on text of phased plan as well as reaching agreement on tactics to be used in the opening stages of the Geneva meeting. Such difficulties as existed were resolved in an atmosphere of determination to maintain unity and in the best of spirits. I will bring you the documents which are quite lengthy at Gettysburg tomorrow. While gratified over the results, I feel some basic difficulties with British were swept under the rug and are likely to reappear at Geneva. However, these are unlikely to be referred to any way publicly before Geneva unless the British themselves have political reasons to make some unfortunate statement. I am seeing Debre this afternoon2 and returning tonight.


“Signed: Chris

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 396.1–PA/5–159. Secret; Priority.
  2. See Document 282 and footnote 7 thereto.
  3. See vol. VII, Part 2, Document 109.