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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States : diplomatic papers, 1945. Europe
(1945)

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                           DENMARK
PROPOSED TRIPARTITE STATEMENT BY THE UNITED STATES, THE
UNITED KINGDOM, AND THE SOVIET UNION RECOGNIZING DEN-
MARK AS AN ALLY; RECOGNITION BY THE UNITED STATES OF THE
DANISH GOVERNMENT; CONCLUSION OF A CIVIL AFFAIRS AGREE-
MENT WITH DENMARK
859.01/1-1545
    The Danish Minister (Kauffmcann) to the Secretary of State
                                 WASHNGTON, January 15, 1945.
  SIR: Through confidential channels I have received yesterday the
following secret message from Copenhagen with the request to trans-
mit it to the Government of the United States of America:
  "The Danish Freedom Council 1 and leaders of the country's four
largest political parties herewith request the Governments of Great
Britain, United States and Soviet Union to recognise Denmark as
an ally of the fighting nations. We base this appeal, which is made
in association with statement previously set forth by His Majesty
King Christian X, on the clear desire of the entire Danish Nation,
on the contribution which Denmark has already rendered in the
form of sabotage and on resistance which is planned and will be put
into effect the moment the Allies consider it appropriate. To the
Danish people recognition as an ally will come as an encouragement
and a further strengthening for decisive struggle. We stress the fact
that this appeal is put forward in unity and that we likewise unite
in our will to maintain solidarity of the Danish people after the war
by formation of the country's first free Government and formulation
of its fundamental programme in mutual agreement."
                          Signed: 2
                            Danish Council of Freedom,
                            Social Democratic Party,
                            Conservative Peoples Party,
                            "Radical Left" Party (Liberal Partv)
                            "Left" Party (Farmers Party).
  Please accept [etc.]                       HENRIK KAUFFMANN
  1 Organized in August 1943 and containing representatives of all groups
actively opposing German rule, the Danish Freedom Council formulated a unified
policy and methodical program of resistance against the Germans.
  2 A cover sheet for the Danish Minister's note reads as follows: "The
original
document is signed by Denmark's Freedom Council and the Political Parties,
the leaders of which have signed as follows:
  For Social Democratic Party, Vilhelm Buhl;
  For Conservative Peoples Party, Ole Bjoern Kraft;
  For 'Radical Left' (Liberal) Party, Joergen Joergensen;
  For 'Left' (Farmers) Party, Knud Christensen.
  These names must be kept absolutely confidential."
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