The Pentagon Papers
Gravel Edition
Volume 1
Document 28, Telegram from Secretary of State Dulles to Dillon and Aldrich on Conversations with the British, 4 April 1954, p 461.


Apr. 4, 1954

SENT TO:

Amembassy LONDON NIACT 5177
RPTD INFO Amembassy PARIS 3478

EYES ONLY ALDRICH AND DILLON

Secretary saw Makins late April 2 and discussed Indochina problem along same general lines his talk April 3 with Bonnet (see Department's 5090 to London rptd Paris 3418 and DEPTEL 3476 to Paris, 5175 to London). Makins indicated our thinking considerably more advanced than British which had apparently not yet gone beyond examination of possible political solutions Indochina under existing conditions.

Partition seemed to London least undesirable settlement according Makins but it was clear UK had not yet developed thoughts for dealing positively and constructively with situation which well may confront us if French determined to sell out.

Secretary emphasized to Makins essentiality of UK and US [Word missing] and at Geneva maintaining solid front to stiffen French attitude. Makins agreed latter point and promised report entire talk fully and urgently. He suggested desirability British military representative here talking promptly to our Chiefs which Secretary said had best wait till later next week.

DULLES


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