740.0011 PW (Peace)/7–747: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Political Adviser in Japan (Atcheson)


259. For your info the fol transmitted to Smith, Moscow, July 7 as Dept’s 1425 (see Deptel 237, June 26):

“When you discuss the matter of a peace treaty for Japan with Molotov (Deptel 1422, July 792) please state that we are anxious to hold a conference on the subject as soon as practicable and suggest tentatively Aug 19 as a date for convening a conference. In view of the Secretary’s commitment to attend conference at Rio on Aug 15 it is not practicable to propose a conference on the Foreign Minister level and we therefore envisage that it would initially be composed of deputies and experts. You should also add that we should be pleased to be host for such a conference in or near Washington or at San Francisco if preferred by the other interested powers. For your info similar suggestions will be made when matter of peace treaty discussed with other nine powers.”

  1. See footnote 91, p. 465.