JMAS-164 David Bruce's diary entries - June 1954Documents from 01 June 1954 to 30 June 1954
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Remarks on: Paul-Henri Spaak's insistence on bringing the EDC to a vote soon in French Parliament, and if a date not fixed by mid-June Spaak proposes to communicate with Secretary on subject discussed at Geneva Conference of how other EDC signatories and US and UK could bring France to face up to political reality,- reports that Georges Bidault not pleased with the Strasbourg Saar agreement,- discussions on to keep other countries and US Administration and Congress satisfied in face of inevitable discouragement
John Foster Dulles' advise to Bruce to take steps to co-ordinate proposed meeting of the 4-nations and US and UK. Bruce wants to explore matter further with Spaak,- Dutch and other countries will not consider new negotiations on alternative formula for integrating Germany into the West, until France acts first on EDC. Bruce agrees but feels French Governments failure to act is equivalent to rejection of EDC, therefore alternatives can be sought,- Bruce in telegram to President Eisenhower tells him that his meeting with Winston Churchill is a good opportunity to put up a united front for assuring security in West, suggests they issue a joint communiqué. Bruce felt the stattement that was issued would have catastrophic effects on French ratification
statement by new Premier Mendés-France that he would not allow a recess of National Assembly till the question of German rearmament was dealt with.
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