President Truman to the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union (Stalin)17

Replying to your message of 24 April, Prime Minister Churchill has sent me a copy of his message to you of April 28. Since you are [Page 281] aware of the position of the United States Government from the messages you have received from President Roosevelt and myself, I need hardly tell you that in regard to the reorganization of the Polish Government I agree with the views Mr. Churchill has expressed in his message of April 28. This Government still considers that the Crimea decisions constitute a fair basis for the settlement of the Polish question and should be carried out.

The meetings of the three foreign secretaries on the Polish matter have not yet produced a formula which is satisfactory. I consider it of the utmost importance that a satisfactory solution of the problem be worRed out as soon as possible. I must tell you that any suggestion that the representatives of the Warsaw Provisional Government be invited to San Francisco, conditionally or otherwise, is wholly inacceptable to the United States Government. To do so would be the acceptance by the United States Government of the present Warsaw Provisional Government as representative of Poland which would be tantamount to the abandonment of the Yalta agreement.

  1. The Secretary of State, in his telegram 19, May 2, 1945, from the United Nations Conference at San Francisco to the Acting Secretary of State, reported on his meeting of May 2 with Foreign Commissar Molotov and Foreign Secretary Eden and concluded as follows: “In spite of the lack of progress here, I believe the President should now acknowledge Marshal Stalin’s message and I am sending a proposed text in my next following telegram. I feel that it would be helpful for the President to make clear to Marshal Stalin that we have no intention of inviting the Warsaw Poles to the conference.” (860C.01/5–245)