860C.001 Moscicki, Ignacy/36: Telegram

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

12. From Biddle for the President and the Secretary.

1. Polish Foreign Minister Zaleski last night handed me following note verbale:

“The former President of the Polish Republic Ignacy Moscicki is still at Bicaze in Rumania where he is virtually interned and prevented by the Rumanian Government from leaving for Switzerland where he intends to reside.

In view of the fact that such arbitrary action on the part of the Rumanian Government is not in conformity with international law and customary procedure the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would be grateful to the United States Ambassador to Poland if he would see his way to obtain the intervention of his Government with a view to enabling Professor Moscicki and his family to leave Rumania.”

2. At the same time Zaleski stated (a) the Swiss Government is prepared to accord Moscicki asylum and has already granted him a visa (reference Bullitt’s No. 2187, September 26, 7 p.m., paragraphs 2 and 3) and (b) that several days ago when the Polish Ambassador in Bucharest pointed out to Foreign Minister Gafencu that Moscicki [Page 699] was now a private citizen and urged that he be granted safe conduct out of Rumania Gafencu replied in effect he would have to consult the German Government. [Biddle.]