File No. 763.72114/3082b

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Russia ( Francis)


1876. Referring to Department’s and other telegrams concerning Copenhagen conference for exchange of prisoners, please advise whether you have received from Copenhagen or other sources final text which shows that part of the exchange of prisoners is made absolutely contingent upon direct exchange through the lines. In spite of existing conditions please follow this matter closely and make every effort to have the exchange of prisoners limited strictly to individuals who can be of no military value and to have the exchange effected through neutral countries and not through a neutral zone.