740.00119 European War 1939/2004: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Sweden ( Johnson )

1327. Your 3913 December 2. Department was informed by British Embassy on November 2152 that a message had been received from Maniu indicating his desire to send a special delegate or delegates out of Rumania for the purpose of discussing arrangements for a political change-over in that country. The British Government proposed to reply to Mr. Maniu’s message by saying that his emissary would be received on the understanding that his sole function would be to discuss operational details looking to the overthrow of the present regime in Rumania and its replacement by a Government prepared to offer unconditional surrender to the three principal Allies. It was stated that the Soviet Government had approved this proposed reply, at the same time indicating its expectation that Soviet representatives would participate in any negotiations that might be carried on with Mr. Maniu’s representative.

Department gave its agreement to the proposed British reply as already approved by the Soviet Government.

  1. See memorandum of November 27 from the Department to the British Embassy, and footnote 45, p. 507.