60. Telegram From the Embassy in Poland to the Department of State1

845. Saw Under Secretary Winiewicz about hour and half morning May 17 partly because told him some days ago would like see him and partly because he asked see me. We discussed various matters reported in four separate messages,2 all referring this one.

Despite his protest and objections as reported separate message, themes of Winiewicz’s remarks were: Great changes are taking place in Poland, other Soviet orbit countries which West and particularly USA should recognize as warranting adjustments in their policies and attitudes toward Poland; that Polish Government is sincerely desirous improving relations with USA; that Poland cannot and should not sever its friendly ties with USSR; and that there can be no return to status quo ante conditions in Poland. These are not new themes with Winiewicz, but he belabored his points stronger than ever. He has been talking in similar vein with some other Chiefs of Mission.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.48/5–1856. Confidential; Priority.
  2. Reference is to telegrams 846, 847, 848, and 849 from Budapest, all May 18, reporting on a variety of problems in U.S.-Polish relations, including activities of Polish émigrés in the United States, visa problems, restrictions on Polish diplomats in the United States, and exit permits for Polish citizens with relatives in the United States. (Ibid., 611.48/5–1856, 911.6248/5–1856, 911.48/5–1856, and 848.181/5–1856, respectively)