File No. 861.00/3179

The Minister in Switzerland ( Stovall ) to the Secretary of State

No. 4855

Sir: I have the honor to quote herewith the text of a message, the substance of which was communicated telegraphically to the Department in my telegram No. 5260 of October 17,1 and which was received from the Ukrainian National Council:

Lausanne, October 15, 1918.

To President Wilson ,

Ukrainian National Council just founded in Switzerland of representatives of almost all political parties of the Ukraine for the defense of the Ukrainian national and democratic cause abroad formulates its best wishes to you, Mr. President. It places itself entirely on the basis of your program in which it sees the best guarantee for the continued free existence of the independent [Page 698] Ukrainian state. We are sure that the entire Ukrainian people is at one with us in placing its entire confidence in your defense of our independence before our enemies. Ukraine does not wish to encroach upon the rights of other peoples. Her only wish is that all the territories populated by our race, including eastern Galicia and Bukovina now oppressed by the Austrians, be reunited under a free and independent government entering as a member into the society of nations.

Alexandre Sevriuk

For the Ukrainian National Council.

I have [etc.]

Pleasant A. Stovall
  1. Not printed.