123 Lane, Arthur Bliss: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Poland (Lane)

296. I am in agreement with reasons urtel 572, Nov 1695 for revising suggestion urtel 543, Nov 9 for return to Washington about Dec 1.

On the basis of my conversation with Mikolajczyk96 and in view of current developments, I consider that for the present it is essential for you to remain at your post in order to report without interruption on trends and developments in the country which, according to Mikolajczyk, seem to be moving slowly but surely in favor of the democratic elements. Your full, detailed and helpful reports are most useful in keeping the Dept informed of complex and changing Polish developments.

In connection with economic problems, I do not expect, under present circumstances, that we shall be in a position to grant any large-scale credits to Poland at this stage. On the other hand, consideration is being given to making available principally from surplus stocks certain types of goods, primarily trucks, bulldozers, port machinery, and perhaps farm draft animals or equipment. It is tentatively thought that credits thus extended might not exceed $25 million, and would have to be for projects specifically approved by Embassy. It has also been proposed that a sum not exceeding this amount be devoted to a single outstanding reconstruction project, perhaps the equipment needed to restore one port. This would be apart from the Polish share of the Export-Import Bank short term cotton credit. Your comments would be appreciated.

Some such program, it is felt, without necessarily reducing Soviet influence in Poland, would tend to maintain a United States role there by letting the Polish people know that the United States has a real interest in Polish reconstruction, but would not necessarily contribute to the prestige of the present regime.

This action is contemplated on the basis of Mikolajczyk’s earnest plea for limited quantities of this type of equipment, the furnishing of which he stated would be most helpful. Therefore, I do not anticipate that there will be any detailed credit negotiations here in near future regarding which we shall need your prior oral advice.

It is also realized that there are many administrative problems which remain unsolved in regard to your mission. You may be assured that [Page 420] your recommendations in this regard are being given full consideration and every effort will be made to assist you in these matters.

If at a later date developments should warrant it, I might then ask you to come to Washington to discuss the Polish situation.

Byrnes
  1. Not printed; in this telegram the Ambassador stated that possible important developments in the local situation following Mikolajczyk’s return from his trip to the United States convinced him he should remain at his post (123 Lane, Arthur Bliss).
  2. No record of this conversation found in Department files.