237. Memorandum From the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (Dent) to the President’s Assistant for Economic Affairs (Seidman)1
- Memorandum for President Ford
On October 17th I reached an agreement with Sir Christopher Soames, Vice President of the EC, regarding the impasse which the agricultural negotiations in Geneva had reached.2 On October 20th, implementation of this agreement was held up by the French and the impasse has continued from that time on. Currently, all other members of the EC are willing to proceed but the French adamantly resist. I anticipated the results of the Rambouillet conference3 might change the attitude, but apparently the message of Rambouillet has not been carried from the President to the appropriate French Ministers.
To resolve this matter, I am forwarding herewith a suggestion for the President’s consideration.
- Source: Ford Library, L. William Seidman Papers, Box 69, Economic Policy Board Subject File, Giscard d’Estaing, Valery. No classification marking.↩
- As reported in telegram 7926 from USDel MTN Geneva, October 18. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files)↩
- See Documents 122– 125.↩
- The TNC met December 9–11 in Geneva.↩
- There is no indication as to whether the President signed and sent this letter. On November 29, Seidman sent Dent’s November 26 memorandum to the President and the draft Presidential letter to Scowcroft and Robinson for their comments. No responses have been found. (Ford Library, L. William Seidman Papers, Box 69, Economic Policy Board Subject File, Giscard d’Estaing, Valery)↩