511.4A5/11–344: Telegram

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

4222. The Embassy has received a note from Foreign Office49 (regarding Department’s airmail instruction No. 279 of August 21)50 stating in effect:

The Soviet Government appreciates the efforts of the American Government directed towards extirpating illegal traffic in opium and towards production and use of opium only for medicinal and scientific purposes;
The question of a postwar conference and of the terms which might be included in a convention for restricting the cultivation of poppies is being studied by the competent Soviet authorities at the present time;
With reference to proposal that the Soviets issue a declaration concerning the restriction of opium production to the amount indispensable satisfying only medicinal and scientific needs, the existence of a state monopoly both in the field of production and distribution makes the issuance of such a declaration unnecessary.

  1. For text of Soviet note No. 74 of November 2, 1944, see Department of State Bulletin, July 22, 1945, p. 130.
  2. See footnote 34, p. 1094.