125.733/43: Telegram

The Chargé in Germany ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

681. Department’s 296, July 18, 4 p.m. In reply to my request for an interview, Weizsaecker stated that he was unable to receive me during the next few days and at his suggestion I saw Woermann, Under State Secretary, to whom I have just made the statements set forth in the first paragraph of the Department’s 287, July 13, 5 p.m.

Woermann said that it had been the intention of the German authorities to allow a few weeks to elapse and then to ask those countries with whom no arrangement had been made to discontinue their consulates in Prague, that he was carrying on conversations with the British and French representatives here, but that there was no assurance that agreements would be reached. He indicated that the conversations with the British representatives were along the lines of seeking a formula for a statement on de facto recognition of the “protectorate” and that the German Foreign Office had rejected a proposal on the part of the French to submit another request for an exequatur omitting the reserve contained in the first request but referring specifically to that request.

Woermann also made the same suggestion that Weizsaecker had offered, namely, that the oral statement made at the time of requesting the exequatur for Linnell be withdrawn and incidentally intimated as a matter of personal opinion that the retention on the diplomatic list of the Czechoslovak Minister in Washington might have some connection with the present attitude of the German Government as to the consular establishment in Prague.

Kirk