711.94114 Mail/7: Telegram

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

1065. Department’s 617, July 28, 10 p.m. A note was sent to the Foreign Office on July 29 requesting its urgent attention to the question of arranging for the transmission of prisoners of war mail and the matter has subsequently twice been discussed orally. On August 10 a Foreign Office official stated that this matter should never have been arranged between the two Post Office departments and that the Foreign Office was sending the Embassy a note to the effect that the Soviet Government would be glad to arrange for the transmission of the mail in question as soon as the United States and Japan reached an agreement on the subject. He stated that Great Britain has such an agreement with Japan.

The note to which he referred has not yet been received.