860F.01/4–2145: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé to the Czechoslovak Government in Exile in London ( Schoenfeld )

Zecho 12. The Department is taking up urgently with the War Department and military authorities the question of a Civil Affairs Agreement with the Czechoslovak Government. (Your Zecho 43 April 21, 2 p.m. and your Zecho 45 April 21, 8 p.m.)63

For your confidential information the War Department wishes to negotiate this agreement in Washington. We believe this is desirable.

A draft agreement has been drawn up and is now in discussion. As soon as the necessary clearances are received, the question will be taken up with the Czechoslovak authorities in Washington.

You may tell Dr. Ripka informally that the matter is being considered [Page 443] but do not make a formal reply at this time to his request for an agreement.

  1. Latter not printed.