860c.5151/83: Telegram

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

71. My No. 67, July 23, 3 p.m.; and 70, July 29, 4 p.m. Foreign Office states that at the conference yesterday, chiefs of frontier customs offices were instructed to treat all foreigners with great leniency except when there is proof or well-founded suspicion of smuggling. Currency restrictions are not to apply in future to blank checks or to unsigned travelers checks. Foreign Office has asked Ministry of Justice to request all courts to inform the Foreign Office immediately that a foreigner is brought before them on charges of violating currency regulations and to place such cases at the head of the court calendar.

In my opinion the foregoing, if sympathetically administered, will afford to American travelers the relief we have requested.