740.0011 European War 1939/195321/6

The Estonian Acting Consul General (Kaiv) to the Secretary of State

No. 594

Sir: The Declaration by United Nations signed at Washington on January first is of greatest importance to the Estonian people.

Unfortunately at present the Estonian nation, silenced by military force of Germany, does not have the possibility to speak through its legal Government and elected representatives, practically all of whom have been deported to Russia long before the hostilities had begun between the Reich and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Under the provisions of the Constitution of Estonia the authority to adhere to acts of the nature of the Declaration of Washington on behalf of the Estonian nation rests with the Government and the Parliament of Estonia.

However, in my capacity as the recognized representative of the Estonian Republic in this country, I feel entitled to assure the Government of the United States, as the depository for that declaration, that, when the Estonian people will be informed of the fact that the accredited representative of the Soviet Union subscribed, on behalf of his Government and without any reservations, to a common program of purposes and principles embodied in the Atlantic Charter of August 14, 1941,—the Estonians will be strengthened in their faith that all the injustices which were perpetrated against the Estonian liberty by two successive occupations, will be redeemed. The fact that the Declaration of Washington has been signed by the United States, Great Britain, and other democratic nations is a guaranty that it will be performed by all the Parties involved.

In due time, when the Estonian people will again become free in their deliberations and decisions, Estonia will join other free nations in the common struggle against all brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.

Accept [etc.]

Johannes Kaiv