Department of State Press Release, December 18, 19441

The United States Government’s position as regards Poland has been steadfastly guided by full understanding and sympathy for the interests of the Polish people. This position has been communicated on previous occasions to the interested governments, including the Government of Poland. It may be summarized as follows: [Page 219]

The United States Government stands unequivocally for a strong, free, and independent Polish state with the untrammeled right of the Polish people to order their internal existence as they see fit.
It has been the consistently held policy of the United States Government that questions relating to boundaries should be left in abeyance until the termination of hostilites. As Secretary Hull stated in his address of April 9, 1944,2 “This does not mean that certain questions may not and should not in the meantime be settled by friendly conference and agreement.” In the case of the future frontiers of Poland, if a mutual agreement is reached by the United Nations directly concerned, this Government would have no objection to such an agreement which could make an essential contribution to the prosecution of the war against the common enemy. If, as a result of such agreement, the Government and people of Poland decide that it would be in the interests of the Polish state to transfer national groups, the United States Government in cooperation with other governments will assist Poland, in so far as practicable, in such transfers. The United States Government continues to adhere to its traditional policy of declining to give guarantees for any specific frontiers. The United States Government is working for the establishment of a world security organization through which the United States together with other member states would assume responsibility for the preservation of general security.
It is the announced aim of the United States Government, subject to legislative authority, to assist the countries liberated from the enemy in repairing the devastation of war and thus to bring to their peoples the opportunity to join as full partners in the task of building a more prosperous and secure life for all men and women. This applies to Poland as well as the other United Nations.

The policy of the United States Government regarding Poland outlined above has as its objective the attainment of the announced basic principles of United States foreign policy.

  1. Reprinted from Department of State Bulletin, December 24, 1944, vol. xi, p. 836.
  2. For the text of this address, on the foreign policy of the United States, see Department of State Bulletin, April 15, 1944, vol. x, pp. 335–342.