856.48/3–545: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

1904. Department received following aide-mémoire from Netherlands Embassy dated March 5:

[Here follows text of aide-mémoire printed supra.]

This proposal raises questions relative both to blockade and British supply situation and stockpiles. Before considering proposal further or taking it up with military here Department would appreciate your ascertaining how far British have gone with Netherlands in approving proposal on blockade grounds and in agreeing on supply grounds. The latter point involves problem of British stockpiles and their replenishment, which will be handled separately and you should not enter into discussions with British on that matter. Has EWD7 any information as to attitude of SHAEF on blockade aspect of introduction of proposed supplies into Netherlands or whether Netherlands authorities have raised this question with SHAEF.

  1. Economic Warfare Division of the Embassy in London.