740.00119 EW/3–1245: Telegram

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

723. I have received a reply this evening from Mr. Molotov to my letter transmitting contents of your 564, March 11, 6 p.m. Mr. Molotov states that the Soviet Government has considered this communication very important and that it does not object to the proposed conversations of the Anglo-American officers with General Wolff. Molotov continues that the Soviet Government on its part would like to have officers representing the Soviet Military Command take part in these conversations. For this purpose, the Soviet Military Command designates General Susloparov, Chief of the Soviet Military Mission in France, General Dragun, head of the Soviet Mission on War Prisoners also in France and in addition one officer whose name will be communicated at a later date. Molotov adds that the Soviet Government hopes the United States Government will facilitate the travel of these officers to Bern since the Soviet Government has no diplomatic relations with Switzerland. Molotov informs me further that a letter in the same sense has been transmitted to the British Ambassador in Moscow.