The Soviet Embassy to the Department of State 31



In connection with the memorandum of the State Department dated March 29 on the question of the invitation of Poland to the Conference at San Francisco, the Embassy of the U.S.S.R., in accordance with instructions of the Soviet Government, has the honor to state that the Soviet Government cannot agree with the arguments of the Government of the United States set forth in the memorandum mentioned. The Soviet Government considers that the inviting of the presently functioning Polish Provisional Government to the Conference at San Francisco not only does not contradict the decisions of the Crimea Conference but is in full accord with the principles of these decisions in as much as the present Polish Provisional Government exercises governmental authority on Polish territory and is fully supported by an overwhelming majority of the Polish people.

The Soviet Government continues to insist on the necessity of the obligatory participation of the Polish Provisional Government now functioning in Poland in the forthcoming Conference at San Francisco:32

  1. The Embassy in the Soviet Union was informed of this reply to the Department’s memorandum of March 29 in telegram 920, April 20, 6 p.m. (860C.01/4–1945).
  2. For press statement concerning the Soviet request and the view of the United States Government on this subject, see Department of State Bulletin, April 22, 1945, p. 725.