890E.00/218a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Algiers ( Wiley )

2139. (For Murphy.) Please urgently inform the French Committee of National Liberation that this Government has learned with surprise of the repressive action of the French authorities in the Lebanese Republic against the duly elected officials of that Republic. It is difficult to understand how the French, whose country is now groaning under the heel of the invader, can be unmindful of the aspirations toward independence of another people. The recent acts of the French authorities in the Lebanese Republic must cast the gravest doubt upon the sincerity of the avowed declarations of all the United Nations and this Government cannot permit itself to be associated in any way with such acts of repression. Unless therefore the French Committee of National Liberation takes prompt steps to restore the duly elected government of the Lebanese Republic and to implement the solemn promises of independence given to the Lebanese people in the name of the French National Committee in 1941, the Government of the United States will be obliged publicly to announce its complete disapproval of the acts of the French authorities in the Lebanese Republic and to take such further steps as may appear appropriate.

We would take such action only with the utmost reluctance but we feel that it would be less detrimental to the united war effort than for us by silence to appear to accept a situation which is contrary to the aims and principles for which the liberty-loving nations are fighting. Sent to Algiers. Repeated to Beirut, London, Cairo,27 for information of appropriate authorities.

Hull
  1. As telegrams Nos. 272, 7154, and 1734, respectively.