182. Editorial Note

In telegram 87 from Helsinki, August 27, Ambassador Hickerson informed the Department of State that Dr. Klaus Waris, Governor of the Bank of Finland; Eeo Asp, Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Bank; and former Finnish Premier Vieno Sukselainen would arrive in Washington on September 2 to request a $30 million loan from the U.S. Government. Hickerson emphasized that the decision to send this high-level mission followed repeated indications from Finnish authorities that the need for U.S. credits was considered “extremely urgent” in the present situation. (Department of State, Central Files, 760E.5–MSP/8–2758) Telegram 102 to Helsinki, August 28, responded that in view of Congressional reduction of the administration’s foreign aid request by $644 million, Finland could not be considered for a contingency loan at that time. Consequently, “any talks Waris may have with U.S. officials at this time are likely to be unproductive.” (Ibid., 860E.10/8–2858)