210. Despatch From the Ambassador in Vietnam (Reinhardt) to the Department of State 1
- Conversation with Diem Concerning Agrarian Reform Program and Related Matters.
There is enclosed, for the Department’s information, a memorandum of conversation held on June 1, 1955, between Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem and USOM consultant, W. I. Ladejinsky.2 Mr. Ladejinsky has been following closely the agrarian reform program in Vietnam and had come to see the Prime Minister, at the latter’s invitation, to discuss recent developments in the program.
In addition to the question of land reform, the conversation touched on the problem of the resettlement of refugees, the ineffectiveness of the local civil administration, and recent political developments including the sect problem. As in earlier conversations, Diem continued to give the impression of viewing the various economic, social, and administrative programs discussed as subordinate to the immediate political and military problems with which he was engaged. The Prime Minister appeared serene and confident, and expressed his conviction that the Hoa Hao rebellion would be successfully dealt with. His attitude toward the French continued to be critical, but he appeared considerably less bitter than in the past.
for G. Frederick Reinhardt
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751G.00/6–1555. Confidential. Drafted by John A. McKesson III, Second Secretary of Embassy.↩
- Wolf I. Ladejinsky had the title of Land Reform Adviser.↩
- Extract. Confidential. Omitted subjects include, besides those mentioned by Reinhardt in the covering despatch, the U.S. position vis-à-vis France and Vietnam and the question of Japanese reparations to Vietnam.↩
- Nguyen Van Thoi.↩