701.4145C/4–1047: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consulate General at Rangoon


127. If Aung San successful in elections54 and election outcome [Page 22] indicates probability peaceful transition to reasonably stable Burmese national govt, please seek early opportunity ascertain from him on informal basis his estimate date when Brit will present formal GOB request exchange dip reps and level representation he prefers. You may tell him such info would be helpful connection advanced personnel planning by Dept.

Sent Rangoon, repeated London.55

  1. In the elections the AFPFL won 191 seats, the Communists 7, and Independents 12. The 7 Communists represented 4 constituencies; 22 had been candidates in 13 constituencies. One of the 7 later was lost at sea and replaced by a non-Communist.
  2. As No. 1583.