840.48 Refugees/165: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minuter in Rumania ( Gunther )

28. Your 52, April 13, 5 p.m., and 54, April 16, 6 p.m.5 The recent initiative of the President with regard to refugees was prompted by an emergency situation in Germany and Austria. The Committee will be set up primarily to endeavor to meet the problems growing out of this situation. Whether later on the Committee itself might decide to extend its work is something that cannot be foreseen at the present time, but it would be unfortunate if its mere existence should anywhere be construed as an encouragement of legislation or acts that would create a new refugee problem as this might well result in a diminished willingness in this and presumably in other countries to consider ways and means of receiving and settling the victims of such legislation and acts.

Welles
  1. Latter not printed.