740.00119 (Potsdam)/7–3045

No. 1167
Memorandum by the Soviet Delegation1

Soviet Citizens in Allied Territories

Soviet Proposal

According to the information of the Repatriation Soviet Authorities General Thorne, Commander of English troops in Norway, having quoted the British Government’s order refused to deliver to these authorities citizens of the Soviet Baltic Republics, who are at present time in Norway, as well as Soviet citizens-emigrants from the Western Ukraine and Western Byelorussia, several thousand persons altogether.

Similar situation exists in Great Britain from which country 287 Soviet citizens-emigrants from the Soviet Baltic Republics and from the Western Ukraine and Western Byelorussia were not permitted to leave for their native country by the British authorities.

Drawing attention of the Government of Great Britain to these facts the Soviet Government expects that the British Military Authorities will immediately issue instructions about delivering to the Repatriation Soviet Military Authorities of [sic] all Soviet citizens-emigrants from the Baltic Republics and the Western Ukraine and Western Byelorussia.

  1. Attachment 17 to the summary of the Tenth Meeting of the Foreign Ministers, July 30. See ante, pp. 497, 499.