124. Information Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson1
Herewith a lucid report from Cy Vance on a 5-hour hassle.2
On the three points:
- —Agreement on the statement of participation and a good lucid reference to “prior discussions”;
- —Some movement on “without conditions”; but the interjection of a supplementary sentence (marked) “Representatives of the DRV understand that this move is made without reciprocity”;
- —They came down from a week to 6 days.
Comment: I do not know whether the Soviet Union will weigh in with them on the basis of my talk. But I doubt they have had a chance to weigh in. Nevertheless, the movements today suggest that they are trying to find agreement rather than merely to stonewall.
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Vietnam, Memos to the President/Bombing Halt Decision, Vol. II [1 of 2]. Secret; HARVAN Double Plus. The notation “ps” on the memorandum indicates that the President saw it.↩
- The delegation transmitted its full report of the meeting in telegram 22992 from Paris, October 26. (National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, A/IM Files: Lot 93 D 82, HARVAN-(Incoming)-October 1968)↩
- Printed here in italics.↩