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

Europe,   pp. 196-654 PDF (168.7 MB)


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THE MARSHALL PLAN
said he appreciated and understood motives in both cases and his only
fears were, on direct approach to govts, that US was embarking on
course lessening importance of multilateral Paris meetings. On this
point he was reassured and it was explained that we merely wanted
govts to reconsider instructions to Paris delegates. His fears on Bizonia
were that we were inviting difficult time with French and might be
jeopardizing November CFM.1 These arguments seemed unconvincing
in view London discussions on Level of Industry, French interest there-
in (see Paris Embtel 3650, Sept 9; 2 Paris, please repeat to Douglas if
he has not seen), answer given Soviets when they complained London
talks and fact that revised Level Industry has been published.
  Suggest you approach FonOff again soonest to explain further the
broad intent of the cirtel approaches and ask for further sympathetic
consideration. As for Bizonia, you should urge agreement on general
lines of our offer. If Bevin still is unable to agree inform Dept urgent,
since in that event basic reconsideration of bilateral offer must be
undertaken.
  Repeat to Paris for Clayton and Caffery.
                                                       MARSHALL
  The Fifth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers met in London from
November 25i to December 15; for documentation, see vol. ii, pp. 676 ff.
2 Post, p. '36.
840.50 Recovery/9-1247: Telegram
    The Ambassador in France (Ca ifery) to the Secretary of State
SECRET                          PARIS, September 12, 1947-1 p. m.
US URGENT
  3709. For the Secretary and Lovett from Caffery. After Wednes-
day's unsatisfactory meeting with the Executive Committee, Clayton,
Douglas and I held a series of informal conferences with key leaders,
including Sir Oliver Franks, Hall-Patch, Ramadier, Bidault and
Hirschfeld. Our immediate objectives were:
  a. To secure a first report, which would be "correct at least as to
major policy lines," Section 3. Dept's circular telegram, September
7,
2 a. m.
  b. To obtain, if possible, a short postponement of the conference
meeting of Foreign Ministers so that present draft of report could be
materially improved.
  c. To obtain agreement that original report would clearly indicate
that further work was to be done on it.
  Our efforts in this direction were aided by the fact that by yesterday
delegates were receiving from their home governments information
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