740.00116 European War 1939/1142: Telegram

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

7652. Reference Embassy’s 7239, October 21, 1 p.m. This morning’s Daily Sketch carried a brief item to the effect that the Soviet Government had appointed a representative to the United Nations Commission for the Investigation of War Crimes and that this altered its previous decision not to be represented.

A high official of the Foreign Office has informed the Embassy that as far as he is aware the situation has not changed from that previously reported and that negotiations are still in progress with the Soviet Government on this question. He expressed the opinion that the author of the item in the Daily Sketch had misinterpreted the meaning of the Moscow declaration on punishment of German war criminals.30 The Foreign Office will keep the Embassy informed of developments.

  1. For text of declaration, see p. 768.