864.00/6–347: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Legation in Hungary

confidential   urgent

594. Brit propose instruct Brit Rep ACC1 address communication Soviet Acting Chairman ACC referring to para 6 c revised ACC [Page 308] statutes2 and, in stating that all reports agree resignation Hung PriMin resulted from transmission info to Hung Govt by ACC Chairman, requesting copies all info handed to Hung Govt by Soviet Chairman on behalf of Soviet authorities connected Kovács case. Brit considered advisable let such action be known publicly and contemplate announcing dispatch instructions to Brit Rep in reply on June 4 to question tabled House of Commons.

Please ask Gen Weems transmit parallel communication Acting Chairman ACC in concert his Brit colleague.3 Press here will also be informed June 4.4

Sent Budapest, rptd London and Moscow.

Marshall
  1. Maj. Gen. Oliver Pearce Edgecumbe.
  2. For the text of the Revised Statute of the Allied Control Commission for Hungary, see the enclosure to the note from Marshal Voroshilov to General Key, August 14, 1945, Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. iv, p. 845.
  3. General Weems’ communication, dated June 4, is not printed. In a reply dated June 9, the text of which was transmitted to the Department in telegram 1005, June 12, from Budapest, neither printed, General Sviridov rejected the contention that the Kovács case was a matter of concern to the Allied Control Commission and stated that the request for information on the matter had been turned over to the appropriate Soviet authorities (864.00/6–1247).
  4. For the statement under reference here, which was read to news correspondents on June 4, see Department of State Bulletin, June 15, 1947, p. 1161.