711.94114 Supplies/5: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Standley )

639. Your 945, July 27.86 It has always been the Department’s intention that such means of shipping supplies to the Far East as may be worked out would be shared in by the Allied Governments, including, of course, the Australian Government. As stated in Department’s 365, May 26, the Japanese Government was informed that it was proposed to ship 1200 to 1500 weight tons of supplies per month for “distribution to American and other Allied prisoners.”

Department is of the opinion that representations by Australian Chargé would be inadvisable for the reasons given in Department’s 280, May 4, which had reference to proposed representations by Canadian and British Government representatives at Moscow.

  1. Not printed; it reported that the Australian Chargé in the Soviet Union desired “to make representations to the [Soviet] Government supporting our efforts to arrange for the shipment of supplies to prisoners of war in Japan” but that Ambassador Standley had requested the Chargé to withhold making representations until he could consult the Department. (711.94114 Supplies/5)