711.94114 Supplies/1–1845: Telegram

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

173. ReEmbs 5002, December 26, 6 p.m.31 Foreign Office has informed us in a note dated January 16 that on January 10 an aide-mémoire was transmitted to the Japanese Embassy in Moscow stating that since the question of transferring relief supplies and mail for Allied prisoners of war and civilian internees through the station Manchuriya32 had not been settled by the Japanese Government, the Soviet Government found it possible to permit a Japanese vessel to call a second time at Nakhodka Bay.

In the aide-mémoire, the Foreign Office proposed that the Japanese and Soviet Governments come to an agreement concerning the despatch of a Japanese vessel to Nakhodka Bay, the quantity of cargo to be carried by the vessel, the date of its arrival at the approach point and other details connected with the entry of the vessel into a Soviet port.

At the same time the Japanese Government was reminded in the aide-mémoire of the necessity for an early solution on its part of the question of the future use of Manchuriya as a transfer point.

  1. Ibid., 1944, vol. iv, p. 1196.
  2. Manchuli (Manchouli) or Lupin, on the former Chinese Eastern Railway, opposite Otpor in the Soviet Union.