Dulles was out of town and is returning to Washington tonight. Your message was, therefore, handed in a sealed envelope to Allison who promised to place it in Dulles's hands tonight.
2. Having in mind paragraph 5 of your telegram No. 271 we did not make any reference to Allison to the Pact or the inclusion of the Philippines. Allison, however, volunteered on a personal and confidential basis the following information which will no doubt be conveyed to you later by Dulles.
A. Clearance was at present being sought in State and Defence Departments for an alteration to Dulles terms of reference which would allow him to 'explore possibilities of security arrangements' (plural) in the Pacific. This document, if cleared, would be submitted to President for approval. If Presidential approval were forthcoming, it was hoped that within 10 days public announcement would be made that the United States was in a position to negotiate security arrangements separately with following countries:
(a) Australia, New Zealand.
(b) The Philippines thus formalising existing defence tie-up with Philippines, and (c) Japan.
It was contemplated that public announcement would state that these arrangements would be concluded at the same time as signing of Japanese Peace Treaty.
B. Franks had a tentative appointment to see Rusk and Dulles at 4.00 p.m. on 5th April.