840.4016/6–745: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

5751. ReDepts 4462 June 4, 7 p.m. Today we handed Sir Orme Sargent14 a note on the expulsion of Hungarians. On reading it Sir Orme said that the procedure to be proposed to the Czech and Yugoslav Govts was sound but that judging from past experience he did not believe much could be accomplished through the ACC in Rumania and Hungary. A considered reply to our note would be given us as [Page 931] soon as possible.15 Consideration of the question would however be facilitated if the source of the reports of large scale expulsion of Hungarians were known and has asked us to request the Dept for this information.

Could we have this information for transmission to Sir Orme?16 Repeated to Moscow as 190.

  1. Deputy Under Secretary of State in the British Foreign Office.
  2. Telegram 6567, June 29, 7 p.m., from London, reported that the British Embassy in Washington had been instructed to communicate the observations of the British Government (840.4016/6–2945). In a communication from the British Embassy to the Department of State dated June 28 (vol. ii, p. 1258) the British proposed a full exchange of views between the British and American Governments on the question of transfers of ethnic minority groups in Europe. In a memorandum to the British Embassy dated July 11 ( ibid., p. 1262) the Department stated that such an exchange of views was not required at that time and should be deferred.
  3. In telegram 4692, June 11, 7 p.m., to London, it was stated that the sources of reports concerning expulsion of Hungarians included the Hungarian press and the Hungarian Foreign Minister (840.4016/6–745).