of State ad interim to the President
Memorandum for the President
Subject: Formalities of Recognition of the new Polish Provisional Government of National Unity.
There is enclosed for your approval a suggested reply to the Polish Prime Minister announcing the establishment of diplomatic relations with the new Government. There is also enclosed a suggested public [Page 732] statement for you to issue at 7:00 p.m., Eastern War Time, on the day chosen for recognition.1
For technical and legal reasons, it is essential to fix an exact hour for the establishment of diplomatic relations. It is proposed, therefore, if you approve the attached drafts, to telegraph them ahead of time to Ambassador Harriman with instructions that he inform the Polish Ambassador in Moscow confidentially in advance of the action to be taken by you and of the exact hour of recognition. This step is necessary in order to make sure that the Polish Government is appraised beforehand of the exact hour on which recognition is to take place.
If you approve the attached drafts,2 I will see that the mechanics are worked out.
- This enclosure bears the following manuscript endorsement by Truman: “OK HST”. The suggested statement was issued on July 5 with only minor editorial changes. See document No. 501.↩
- The original of Grew’s memorandum bears the following manuscript endorsement by Truman: “Approved HST”.↩
- Truman signed the draft as submitted and it was dispatched for delivery to Osóbka-Morawski on July 5. The text of this message was issued as a White House press release on the same date. See Department of State Bulletin, vol. xiii, p. 48.↩
- See ibid., vol. xiii, p. 47↩