740.00113 European War 1939/555: Telegram

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

6575. Referring to Embassy’s 6268, November 7, 11 p.m., and Department’s 5213, October 22, 2 p.m. In regard to the proposed declaration on transfers of property in enemy occupied territory, Maisky has informed Eden that if the declaration is amended by the substitution of the words “the governments with which they are at war” for the words “the Axis powers and their associates” the Soviet Government will join in the declaration.

Eden has expressed his appreciation of the suggestion which has removed the difficulties in the way of Soviet participation.

The Chinese Government has not yet replied but the British are hopeful that they will reply favorably.

The Foreign Office will call a meeting shortly to adopt a final text for the declaration and to decide on certain questions of procedure and publicity.