The Pentagon Papers
Gravel Edition
Volume 1
Document 34, Telegram from Ambassador Dillon in Paris to Secretary of State Dulles on Bidault's Position on the US in Indochina, 5 April 1954, p 476


FROM: Paris

TO: Secretary of State

NO: 3729, April 5, 8 p.m.

LIMIT DISTRIBUTION

I delivered message DEPTEL 3482 to Bidault Monday evening. He asked me to tell Secretary that he personally could well understand position US Government and would pass on your answer to Laniel.

He asked me to say once more that unfortunately the time for formulating coalitions has passed as the fate of Indochina will be decided in the next ten days at Dien-Bien-Phu. As I left he said that even though French must fight alone they would continue fighting and he prayed God they would be successful.

DILLON


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