868.48/2008: Telegram

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

247. Your 249, January 17, 4 a.m. British aide-mémoire and suggested public announcement are under urgent consideration. Meanwhile, the following telegram no. 92, January 17, 2 p.m., has been received from Stockholm:

“Foreign Office states that Swedish Red Cross has arranged to send the Swedish ship Hallaren of about 5,000 tons to Greece to transport children to Turkey and return to Greece with food supplies for starving population. Foreign Office has obtained British approval17 and is today approaching the German and Italian Governments. Provided Axis approval is granted, this ship will presumably remain in the Mediterranean plying back and forth between Turkey and Greece as long as conditions warrant.”

  1. Telegram No. 398, January 28, 5 p.m., from the Ambassador in the United Kingdom, quoted a letter from the British Foreign Minister in which it was stated that the British Government had agreed to pay the cost of chartering the S. S. Hallaren on a non-profit basis (868.48/2015).