740.00119 Control (Rumania)/2–2445: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Harriman )

417. The British Embassy has informed the Department of instructions to Clark Kerr50 directing him to express to Molotov his Government’s serious concern regarding reports of political actions in Rumania through which an armed minority may attempt to replace by force the present coalition Government. Clark Kerr was to request the Soviet Government to prevent this eventuality and to say that his Government would be placed in an impossible position if a situation should be created in Rumania where British responsibility through participation in the ACC would be involved in permitting the establishment of a government to which it could under no circumstances give approval. The Department has been asked to request you to support this position.

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Having in mind the Department’s telegram of today’s date to Berry,51 repeated to you, you are authorized to express our desire to see political developments as they affect the form of government in Rumania take an orderly course under the direction of the ACC.52 If events should develop along contrary lines there should be full consultation among the three principal Allies as contemplated in the Crimea Declaration on Liberated Europe.

  1. Sir Archibald Clark Kerr, British Ambassador in the Soviet Union.
  2. Infra.
  3. On February 26, 1945, Ambassador Harriman sent a note to Soviet People’s Commissar Molotov along the lines set forth in this instruction.