740.00113 European War 1939/439: Telegram

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

4181. Referring to your 3400, July 22, midnight and Embassy’s 4155, July 25, 5 p.m. A [In?] further informal conversation with Ronald, the Embassy observer at last Friday’s meeting concerning transfers of property rights and interests in Axis dominated areas was shown a first tentative draft of a brief memorandum to be given to the Russian Embassy, outlining the proposed declaration. It takes note of the Soviet Government’s position with respect to private property and emphasizes that the declaration applies fully to public as well as to private property.

It is intended that when Under Secretary Law7 presents this memorandum he shall inquire whether the Soviet Government wishes to be associated with the proposed declaration, and whether it has any suggestions to make regarding the question which of the United Nations should be associated with the declaration or whether all of them should join in it, and whether an approach should be made to China.

The Foreign Office agrees with the Treasury in favoring a joint declaration by those of the United Nations to whom the matter is of importance and who would have occasion to implement it. But they are not in fact rigidly committed on this point and find it extremely difficult to draw a clear distinction on this basis among the United Nations. They would welcome American views on this question.

  1. Richard K. Law, British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.