860c.516/20a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Poland ( White )

191. You are instructed to advise informally Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs that American press prints articles regarding delays and failure of Polish banks in honoring American remittances, and that American Bankers Association has under consideration general policy of recommending to member banks to discontinue the issuance of further drafts on Poland. Association asks official support of this Government in this course. American bankers can not be held responsible by remitters for situation in Poland. Intimate to Polish officials that this Government will be constrained to sanction contemplated action of Bankers Association unless greater toleration of American interests is shown in Poland and unless order closing banking agencies is revoked.