The British Minister ( Makins ) to Mr. C. Tyler Wood, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State ( Clayton )
Washington , May 20, 1946.
My Dear Ty: Would you refer to the Aide-Mémoire of May 13th about the proceedings of the Refugee Committee.
- After the conversation which we had on this matter on May 12th, I informed the Foreign Office that the initial reaction of the State Department was (a) that the proposed tie-up with the United Nations on matters of policy would merely provide another opportunity for the “Slav group” to obstruct and block action, and (b) that the proposal for negotiation of an agreement within the Economic and Social Council was open to the same objection and that a direct negotiation among those willing to help would make for more rapid and effective action. I said you felt that we should not get co-operation of any kind from Eastern Europe on this issue, and that it would be more realistic to face this fact at once.
- I have now had a considered reply, of which I enclose a copy for your confidential information. I have left in the expression “Slav group” as a matter of convenience, although it is not a term of art.
- I very much hope that in all the circumstances you may find it possible to send instructions to Warren75 as proposed in the last paragraph of the enclosure to this letter.
- Perhaps when you have had time to digest this document we could have a talk about it.
- Mr. George Warren was United States representative on the Special Committee on Refugees and Displaced Persons established in London by ECOSOC, April 8–June 1, 1946.↩