740.00119 Control (Rumania)/3–645

The American Representative in Rumania ( Berry ) to the Deputy Peopled Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union ( Vyshinsky )73

Dear Mr. Vyshinsky: Upon my return to the Mission I learned that a telegram had just arrived amplifying the views which I had expressed to you this afternoon.

The telegram directed me to inform you that the American Government considers that the public responsibility of the three Allied governments in the light of the Crimea Declaration requires that there will be full consultation among them on matters such as the situation in Rumania today.

At the time of the writing of the telegram to which I refer, the American Government had not received information from the Soviet Government regarding its views or proposals on dealing with the Rumanian situation but my Government hopes that the Soviet authorities in Rumania will take no decisive action in the matter until apprised of the results of such consultation among the three Allied governments.

I am informed that Ambassador Harriman has been instructed to make further representations in Moscow on this subject.

Yours very sincerely,

Burton Y. Berry
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department as enclosure 2 to despatch 147, March 6, from Bucharest, not printed. In his telegram 157, March 2, 1 p.m., Berry reported that he had held his conversation with Vyshinsky (see telegram 151, March 1, supra) before receiving Department’s telegram 93, February 28 (ante. p. 485), but he had written to Vyshinsky on the evening of March 1 following closely the ideas expressed in the second paragraph of the Department’s telegram. In his telegram 159, March 2, 7 p.m., Berry stated that after careful consideration he had come to the conclusion that it would not serve American interests to write to Vyshinsky concerning all 12 points mentioned in Department’s telegram 90, February 24 (p. 478). Telegrams 157 and 159 from Bucharest are filed under 740.00119 Control (Rumania)/3–245.