500.CC/4–1845: Telegram:

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State

1234. Text of Molotov’s note of March 31 to Ambassador Harriman reads in translation as follows (re Department’s 898, April 17, 7 p.m.):

“I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of March 2459a concerning the presence at the San Francisco Conference of non-official representatives of the inter-governmental organizations listed in your letter. I have the honor herewith to inform you that the Soviet Government does not object to the presence of non-official representatives of the above-mentioned inter-governmental organizations at the San Francisco Conference. The Soviet Government notes the statement of the State Department of the United States of America to the effect that these organizations are regarded by it as among those which should be liquidated of modified as a result of the creation of the International Security Organization or which will be officially or non-officially brought into relationship with this organization.

“The Soviet Government also agrees with the opinion of the American Government that non-governmental international organizations should not be invited to the San Francisco Conference.

Please, Mr. Ambassador, et cetera.”

We will endeavor to discuss this question with the Foreign Office this afternoon and to have Mr. Gromyko’s instructions changed.

  1. See telegram 2267, March 23, midnight, to London, and footnote 22, p. 153.