Leahy Papers: Telegram

No. 497
President Truman to Prime Minister Churchill 1

83. Ambassador Harriman has informed me2 and I concur that the new Polish Provisional Government of National Unity has been established in conformity with the Crimea Decision. As you know, the new government has addressed parallel; communications to us requesting that we accord recognition.

On the basis of the assurances given by the New Government and on the recommendations of Ambassador Harriman, I plan to accord recognition to the New Government to become effective at 7 p.m. Eastern War Time on July 3.

I feel that now the matter has moved this far forward any further delay would serve no useful purpose and might even prove embarrassing to both of us. I hope, therefore, you will agree to accord recognition simultaneously with us.

  1. Presumably sent to the United States Naval Attaché, London, via Navy channels.
  2. See document No. 493.