740.00112A European War 1939/5506a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

5960. Department on December 15 sent following strictly confidential telegram52 to American missions in Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Turkey:

“In view of the state of war with Axis countries Department proposes immediate extension of Proclaimed List to Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and possessions, Portugal and possessions, and Turkey. Similar war interests and desire for concerted action in such matters indicate advisability of adopting British Statutory List as it now stands. Subsequent adjustments in both lists can be made through joint consultations. Please telegraph immediately your comments concerning this action in light of current developments.”

Department has requested British Embassy here to secure from London names on Statutory List which are being considered for deletion. Upon receipt of these cases Department expects to issue Supplement to Proclaimed List based on British list adjusted for prospective deletions. It is contemplated that subsequent changes in Proclaimed List for these European countries would be kept in harmony with British list primarily through cooperation of respective missions and through our observer on Black List committee. Full freedom of [Page 320] independent action would be maintained here with respect to any subsequent changes on which agreement was not reached between the missions or between you and MEW. Please telegraph your comments.

  1. Circular telegram, December 15, 1941, 7 p.m. (740.00112A European War, 1939/4979).