740.00119 European War 1939/2294: Telegram

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

2146. In consideration of a request from the British Foreign Office communicated through its Embassy here for an expression of the views of this Government on the Rumanian proposals presented to the Allied representatives by Prince Stirbey in Cairo on March 17 (see Department’s immediately following telegram39), the Department is formulating a statement of such views in consultation with the Joint Chiefs and will forward them to the British as soon as may be possible.

Meanwhile, in as much as related events are moving rapidly and valuable time may elapse before Prince Stirbey can be given a reply representing the concerted view of the three Allied Governments, it is believed that he should be advised accordingly and that he should be afforded whatever facilities he may require in order to communicate to his principals, should he so desire, the fact that whereas such necessary delay may be expected the Rumanians must realize that they alone will have to bear the responsibility if they postpone action until too late.

Please communicate the foregoing to the Foreign Office.

  1. No. 2147, March 22, 5 p.m., not printed; it repeated telegrams of March 17 and 18 from Cairo, pp. 149 and 151, respectively.