800.6176/8–944: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

6374. For Gale39 and McDermott40 from Haley.41 British Government is issuing following press release at 12:30 a.m., Friday, August 11:42

“His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom announced on July 18 that the Governments of the United States of America and of the Netherlands had accepted an invitation to take part in exploratory conversations on post war rubber problems. It was made clear at the same time that the drafting of a tentative program of studies would be considered and also the desirability of establishing a committee to keep the rubber situation under review.

Officials of the three Governments assisted by members of various branches of the industry have now concluded these conversations which were held in London between August 1 and August 9. A comprehensive survey was made of the rubber situation covering both natural and synthetic rubber and of the problems.

In the course of these discussions a full exchange of views took place and a large measure of agreement was reached on the broad outlines of the rubber position and on the nature of the problems that lie ahead. It was recognized that these problems were matters of common concern to the three Governments.

A first program of studies has been prepared and arrangements for carrying out these studies are being made.

Consideration was also given to the best way having regard to existing circumstances of securing continuing examination and further discussion of the problems likely to arise with respect to rubber and rubber substitutes and it was agreed to resume the conversations in the near future.”

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Department may wish to make same announcement simultaneously at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10 substituting following first sentence:

“The Department of State announced on July 18 that it had accepted an invitation from the Government of the United Kingdom to take part in exploratory conversations on post war rubber problems with the Governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.”

Will Cale please wire notification to members of Rubber Advisory Panel that a meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 17 in conference room arranged for by Cale. [Haley.]

  1. Edward G. Cale, Assistant Chief, Commodities Division; Acting Chief of the Division from September 18, 1944.
  2. Michael McDermott, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State.
  3. Telegram 6076, July 31, from London, reported that the United States Delegation had arrived (800.6176/7–3144).
  4. The Department of State issued a similar press release on August 10; for text, see Department of State Bulletin, August 13, 1944, p. 156.