840.48 Refugees/436: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

434. For Myron Taylor. The Government of Ireland recently expressed to our Minister at Dublin disappointment at having failed to receive an invitation to the Evian meeting. In reply we instructed the Minister to explain that invitations had been sent only to those countries which offered a possibility for substantial immigration. The Government of Ireland now states that despite the fact that it cannot receive a substantial number of refugees it is nevertheless desirous of receiving an invitation (a) since no immigration barriers exist between Great Britain and Ireland, (b) it considers the refugee question a world problem of importance to all countries and (c) Denmark and other Scandinavian countries with which Ireland usually associates itself have been invited.

In view of the foregoing, the American Minister at Dublin has been instructed to extend an invitation to the Government of Ireland to attend the Evian meeting.