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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The British Commonwealth; Europe

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ferences Friday and Saturday morning with Clayton and Embassy
staff they attended with Clayton meeting with Steering Committee of
Conference. They say[:] "We both feel that visit thus far has been
highly illuminating and worthwhile. In light of impressions gained
Paris we strongly endorse Caffery's suggestion that time has come to
present our views to governments directly". Kennan expected arrive
Washington Wednesday evening Bonesteel one day later. Decision
involved in quoted portion above can safely await your return and
report of Kennan and Bonesteel.
  Presidential party left on schedule this morning. All moving along
well here.
  See 4730, Aug 31, noon from London.1
  Best regards,                                            LovErr
  1 Not printed.
Policy Planning Staff Files
Memoraqndzm by the Director of the Policy Planning Staff (Kennan)'
SECRET                          [WASHINGTON,] September 4, 1947.
                             I. PARIS
  The representatives of the 16 European nations assembled at Paris
have had the character of their work prescribed for them with con-
siderable rigidity by the background of their meeting and the atmos-
phere in which it is taking place. By way of reaction to Soviet
charges, there has been strong emphasis on national sovereignty (per-
haps the only triumph of Molotov's visit to Paris). None of the dele-
gates is a strong political figure domestically. There is none who could
take any extensive liberties with the anxious reservations of the home
governments. Finally, in the absence of the Russians the gathering
has reverted, with a certain sense of emotional release, to the pattern
of old-world courtesy and cordiality in which many of the participants
were reared and for which they have instinctively longed throughout
the rigors of a post-war diplomacy dominated by the Russian presence.
This has practically ruled out any critical examination of the other
fellow's figures-particularly as most of the delegates must have lively
doubts as to the entire validity of some of their own, and cannot be
eager to enter a name-calling contest between pot and kettle.
1 Marginal notation: "Kennan Report on Paris Trip".
2 Initialed "G.C.M."

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