871.00/10–2347: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Durbrow) to the Secretary of State


3086. Subject is Maniu trial (Deptel October 17, 6 p.m. to London; repeated Moscow 1852 and Bucharest.1)

Although Embassy is not in any position to express opinion as to what constitutes in this connection optimum use of provisions Rumanian peace treaty (London’s 5609 October 21 [20] to Department; repeated Bucharest 43, Moscow 302) we can see no patent reasons why at this late date US should cease to employ whatever means are available to support democratic remnants in Rumania.

Despite probability that they will prove ineffectual, human rights provisions of satellite peace treaties were presumably conceived for just such a contingency as the present one and failure at least to attempt to implement them coupled with what would appear to be a sudden loss of interest on our part might well open wide the door to misinterpretations.

Embassy believes that it is in nature of aggressive dynamic political operation directed by Kremlin not to slacken efforts in face of diminishing resistance but rather to increase its pressure. Although US and British resistance to Soviet aggression in satellite areas has been at best a defensive operation, it would seem to have had a retarding effect and it certainly has had the virtue of consistency. In the circumstances these objectives, limited though they may be, worthy of continued effort.

Department please pass Bucharest as 19, London as 334.

  1. Ante, p. 495.