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May 17, 1954

TELEGRAM, REPLY FROM THE CCP CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO ZHOU ENLAI’S TELEGRAMS OF 15 MAY AND 17 MAY 1954

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    The CCP informs Zhou that they agree that Korean elections should be supervised by neutral nations. They also emphasize two important points regarding the conditions for the elections.
    "Telegram, Reply from the CCP Central Committee to Zhou Enlai’s Telegrams of 15 May and 17 May 1954," May 17, 1954, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 206-Y0049. Translated by Gao Bei. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110625
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Comrade [Zhou] Enlai:

Received your telegram of 15 May. Regarding our next steps on the Korean issue, after discussion, we agree to your suggestions. Specifically, that we should let neutral nations supervise the elections, not the United Nations. In addition, that we should also emphasize two things: first, that although we agree to let the neutral nations supervise the elections, these must be held after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Second, that the NNSC [Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission] should be organized to supervise the elections and to prevent interference by domestic terror groups only after the all-Korean commission, in which both Koreas consult as equals, drafts an election law. If the Soviet and Korean sides believe that it is appropriate to let the Chinese delegation make this suggestion, then the Chinese side should do so.

CCP Central Committee
17 May 1954