500.CC/2–1245: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman)

298. For the Secretary of State.

I discussed this morning with the [Secretary’s] Staff Committee the question of our making public the fact that the voting procedure accepted at the Conference was proposed by us. It is the unanimous and emphatic opinion of the Committee that such a statement, if made at all, should be made at the time that the text of the agreed provisions is made public. To announce that the proposal was ours before we can announce what the proposal is would invite a press attack which could, and in our opinion should, be avoided.
Further we raise for consideration the question whether the statement should be made at all. While we realize, of course, that there were compelling reasons in the minds of the President and yourself for your decision, we feel strongly that the statement would place upon this country the onus of criticism on the part of those, here and abroad, who will not be satisfied with the solution of the problem.
If there is no opportunity to reconsider the decision and if [Page 70] Early14 does not issue the statement, we are most anxious to have your authority, if you concur, not to make the statement until the voting provision is made public.
We were all thrilled and delighted by your telegram15 and offer our warmest congratulations on your tremendous success.
  1. Stephen Early, Secretary to President Roosevelt.
  2. Argonaut 147, February 11, Conferences at Malta and Yalta, p. 943.