500.C115 Paris/8–2445

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of Labor (Schwellenbach)

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I acknowledge your letter of August 2415 in which you request advice as to the position of this Government on the question whether letters of convocation to the 27th Session of the International Labor Conference should be dispatched by the International Labor Office to Bulgaria and Hungary. It is noted that the information is desired for the guidance of Mr. Carter Goodrich, United States Labor Commissioner, in his capacity as United States Representative on the Governing Body of the International Labor Office.

You are advised that this Government’s position remains the same as that expressed in the instructions issued by the Acting Secretary of State to the United States Representative on the Governing Body on the occasion of the 95th Session of the Governing Body at Quebec in June.15 It is, therefore, our opinion that a notification to either country at this time would be premature. It should be borne in mind that these two countries are still technically enemy states under armistice regimes with which diplomatic relations have not been reestablished by this Government.

Sincerely yours,

For the Secretary of State:
William L. Clayton

Assistant Secretary
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