The Pentagon Papers
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Volume 1
Document 35, Telegram from Ambassador Aldrich in London to Secretary of State Dulles on the British View of Indochina, 6 April 1954, p 477


FROM: London

TO: Secretary of State

NO: 4382 April 6, 3 p.m.

PRIORITY

EYES ONLY FOR SECRETARY

In compliance with DEPTEL 5090, 1 saw Eden this morning and made points referred to therein and embodied those in an informal memorandum which I left with him, a copy of which is going forward to you by pouch.

Eden had already seen President's letter to Prime Minister (DEPTEL 5179). Eden stated questions covered would be considered at highest level as soon as possible and that in meantime he wished to say that he felt seriousness of military situation in Indochina had been exaggerated saying, "French cannot lose the war between now and the coming of the rainy season however badly they may conduct it." He will consult with Prime Minister, Cabinet and Joint Chiefs of Staff and will let us know soonest whether it is thought that you or Bedell Smith might profitably come here prior to meeting in Paris.

ALDRICH


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