Moscow Embassy Files, Lot F–96

President Roosevelt to the Chairman of the Soviet Council of People’s Commissars (Stalin)14


I thank you for your message received today.

I agree on the immediate setting up of the military-political commission, but think that Algiers would be better than Sicily if only because of communications and, therefore, suggest they meet in Algiers on Tuesday, 21 September. Full information will be given, of course, in regard to the progress of current and future negotiations, but they should not have plenary powers. Such authority would, of course, have to be referred to their governments before final action.

I am entirely willing to have a French representative on this commission. It is important to all of us that the secrecy of all their deliberations be fully maintained.

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  1. Transmitted in a letter from Ambassador Standley to Foreign Commissar Molotov on September 11.
  2. Other portions of this message are printed on p. 520 and in Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 24.