361.11/3718: Telegram

The Minister in Norway ( Schmedeman ) to the Secretary of State

16. Referring to my cablegram number 12, April 12, 3 p.m. Nansen informs me that he has received a communication from the International Red Cross Committee at Geneva regarding Americans in Russia. Before taking action he desires to obtain information as to the position taken by you. He suggests that a message from you to him stating that you have not changed your attitude in the matter of direct negotiations with the Soviets would hasten action. He further suggests that if the State Department does not desire him to take further action a communication addressed to Litvinov through the American consul at Reval would very likely bring results. If such communication is sent to Reval, kindly inform me so that I may communicate contents to Nansen.