860f.00/10–3145: Telegram

The Ambassador in Czechoslovakia (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State



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The President37 expressed concern at the manner in which the Allies continued to ignore the Czechoslovakian proposal for an exchange of minorities between Hungary and Slovakia, remarking that until the minority problems in Central Europe have been disposed of there could be neither stability nor permanent peace. He observed that in his opinion sufficient importance was not being attached by the Allies to the imperative need for solving once and for all the [Page 940] minority problems in and around Czechoslovakia which have been the cause of so many wars for several centuries.38

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  1. For remaining portions of this telegram, see ante, p. 503, and vol. ii, p. 1304.
  2. Eduard Beneš, Czechoslovak President.
  3. Telegram 453, October 12, from Praha, reported that during a visit to Slovakia, President Beneš bad declared that Czechoslovakia must insist upon the exchange of minorities between Hungary and Czechoslovakia and that at least 400,000 Magyars would have to leave Czechoslovakia (840.4016/10–1245).