The British Prime Minister ( Churchill ) to President Roosevelt 1a


410. Former Naval Person3 to President. Message from Stalin4 delivered by Soviet Chargé d’Affaires5 for transmission to Prime Minister 10 August.

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“I agree that a meeting of the Heads of three Governments is absolutely desirable.6 Such a meeting must be realized at the first opportunity having arranged with the President the place and time of this meeting.

“At the same time, I ought to say that in the existing situation on the Soviet German Front, I, to my regret, have no opportunity to absent myself and to leave the front even for one week. …

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“Nevertheless, in order not to postpone an examination of the questions which interest our countries, it would be expedient to organize a meeting of the responsible representatives of our States and we might come to an understanding in the nearest future concerning the place and date of such a meeting.

“Moreover, it is necessary beforehand to agree on the scope of the questions to be discussed and the drafts of the proposals which have to be accepted. The meetings will hardly give any tangible result without that.

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[File copy not signed]
  1. Copy of telegram obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N. Y.
  2. The full text of this telegram is printed in Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 19.
  3. Code name for Winston S. Churchill, British Prime Minister.
  4. Marshal Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union.
  5. Arkady Alexandrovich Sobolev.
  6. For papers on arrangements for the meeting of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, see Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, pp. 3 ff.