711.94115 Exchange/7–145: Telegram

The Minister in Switzerland (Harrison) to the Secretary of State

3377. Am[erican] Interests—Jap. Leg’s 2671, May 9. FonOff notice June 28 states Gorgé during interview June 16 with Suzuki drew latter’s attention to numerous postponements and consequently his hope realize civilian exchange fading.

Suzuki replied evasively and repeated that examination Brit proposition to place two exchange vessels Jap disposition never completely abandoned. However, this suggestion having been made through Intercross90 and never having been presented through protecting power Gorgé not informed and therefore unable discuss with Suzuki this proposal.

Gorgé believes that if Brit Govt were not disposed to renew through official channels the nonofficial offer made through Intercross (offer of two exchange vessels) question might be taken up in form examination possibility exchange through Siberia.

  1. International Committee of the Red Cross.