811.24/547: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Wallace )

207. Your 196, January 20, 4 p.m.

Although this Department has informed the representatives of the Liquidation Commission in the United States of its belief in the inadvisability of allowing the Ukraine Mission in Paris to obtain large stocks of salvage surplus army supplies, it is not thought best that the Department appear as an active participant in the negotiations. You will, therefore, tell the Ukraine Mission informally, if you consider it advisable to correspond with it, that the matter rests entirely in the hands of the Liquidation Commission and the Department of State can take no action in the matter.