740.00119 EW 1939/2057

The Department of State to the British Embassy


The Department of State has received and read with interest the British Embassy’s aide-mémoire of January 17, 194412 relative to the desire of Mr. Maniu to send a delegate out of Rumania for the purpose of discussing arrangements for political changes in that country. The information on these developments and on the possible sequence of events is appreciated.

The Department of State concurs in the opinion that if these discussions take place it will be necessary to inform the emissary of the agreed views of the British, Soviet, and American Governments as soon as possible. From this, it follows that the American Government likewise is of the opinion that the time has arrived for the three Governments to discuss the terms of surrender to be imposed upon Rumania at the appropriate time.

The Department of State has accordingly instructed its representative on the European Advisory Commission that, in the opinion of this Government, the question of surrender terms to be imposed upon Rumania falls within the competence of the European Advisory Commission.13 [Page 136] The American representative on the Commission will, therefore, be prepared to discuss draft surrender terms for Rumania when this question is raised in the Commission’s deliberations.

  1. Not printed.
  2. See telegram 207, January 8, 10 p.m., to London, p. 133.