The Acting President of the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Affairs ( Bech )5 to the Chargé to the Polish Government in Exile ( Schoenfeld )6
Mr. Chargé d’Affaires: Following the interview which Mr. van Langenhove,7 President of the Inter-Allied Armistice Study Committee, and I had with you yesterday, I have the honor, as Acting President of the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Affairs, to send you the documents enumerated below:
- Program of work in connection with disarmament, drawn up by the Inter-Allied Armistice Study Committee and approved by the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Affairs.
- Extract from the discussions of the Inter-Allied Armistice Study Committee at their session on February 1, 1944, relating to question (1).
- List of States which are members of the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Affairs and of the Armistice Study Committee, together with their representatives on these Committees.8
In accordance with the attached extract from the discussions of the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Affairs, the latter has directed its Acting President and the President of the Armistice Study Committee to consult the American, British and Soviet Governments on the program of work in connection with disarmament which it has drawn up.
To this end I should therefore be obliged, Mr. Chargé d’Affaires, if you would submit this program to your Government with the request that it be examined. The Committee of Foreign Affairs would be [Page 48] grateful if your Government would communicate to it any observations which it may consider appropriate.
- Joseph Bech was Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Committee of which he was Acting President was sometimes referred to as the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Ministers.↩
- Copy transmitted to the Department by the Chargé to the Polish Government in Exile in his despatch 538, March 1, 1944; received March 8. Rudolf Schoenfeld was simultaneously Chargé to the Governments in Exile at London of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland. In March 1944, he also became Chargé to the Luxembourg Government in Exile. In his despatch, the Chargé reported that this communication was also being sent to the Governments of the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union; Foreign Minister Bech expressed the hope to the Chargé that the matter be brought informally to the attention of Ambassador Winant in connection with his work as United States Representative to the European Advisory Commission.↩
- Fernand van Langenhove, Secretary General of the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.↩
- These lists not printed. The members of the Inter-Allied Committee of Foreign Affairs were as follows: Belgium—Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak; France—Minister Plenipotentiary of the French Committee of National Liberation Maurice Dejean; Greece—Ambassador in the United Kingdom Thanassis Aghnides; Luxembourg—Foreign Minister Joseph Bech; Norway—Foreign Minister Trygve Lie; Netherlands—Foreign Minister Eelco van Kleffens; Poland—Foreign Minister Tadeusz Romer; Czechoslovakia—Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk; Yugoslavia—Ambassador in the United Kingdom Bogoljub Jevtić.↩