123 Hamilton, Maxwell M.: Telegram

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

54. ReEmbs 4393, November 17, 9 a.m. I have today received a letter from Dekanozov, dated January 4 stating that the Soviet Government has no objection to Hamilton’s appointment as our representative in Finland and is agreed that he may enjoy, by way of exception, the facilities mentioned in Kennan’s letter of November 16. (These were the facilities specified in the Department’s 2664, November 14, 5 p.m., first paragraph.)

Dekanozov goes on to say that the Soviet Government has taken note of Kennan’s statement to the effect that Hamilton’s appointment did not involve the reestablishment at this time of diplomatic or consular relations with Finland. Finally, he states that Higgs’ plans for proceeding to Finland have been brought to the attenion of the Chairman of the Allied Control Commission in Helsinki.

With respect to the reference to Higgs, the last information I have on this subject is Stockholm’s 44, December 9 to me, repeated to Department as 5059, December 9, 6 p.m.29 If Higgs has not yet been able to leave Stockholm, I feel that he should now, in view of Dekanozov’s letter, renew his efforts to do so.

Sent to Department as 54, January 5, 7 p.m., repeated to Stockholm as 3, January 5, 7 p.m.

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