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(1943)

The Political-Military Commission,   pp. 782-800 PDF (6.5 MB)


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THE POLITICAL-MILITARY COMMISSION1
Moscow Embassy Files, Lot F-96
The Chairman of the Soviet Council of People's Commissars (Stalin)
  to President Roosevelt and the British Prime Minister (Churchill) 2
                         [Extract-Translation]
                                             Moscow, August 22,1943.
  2. I consider that the time has come to create a military-political
commission of representatives of the three countries-U.S.A., Great
Britain and the USSR-for the consideration of questions regarding
negotiations with different Governments falling out with Germany.
Up to the present time the U.S.A. and England have consulted and the
USSR has received information regarding the results of the consulta-
tion of the two powers in the capacity of a third, passive observer. I
must say that it is impossible to tolerate such a situation any longer.
I propose to create this commission (that this commission be created)
and to fix its place for the present instance in Sicily.3
  'Also referred to as the Mediterranean Commission, and sometimes as the
Military-Political Commission.
2This message was telegraphed by Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Soviet
People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs, to the Soviet Charge in the United
States, Andrey Andreyevich Gromyko, for transmission to the President. A
copy
was sent by Mr. Molotov on August 23 to the American Ambassador at Moscow
(Standley), from which this translation was made. The full text of the message
is printed in vol. II, p. 353.
President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill were at this time in confer-
ence at Quebec. Documentation on that conference is scheduled for publication
in a subsequent volume of Foreign Relations.
In a telegram delivered to President Roosevelt by the British Embassy in
Washington on August 27, 1943, Prime Minister Churchill stated: "I think
we
should agree . . . to the setting up of the Commission, though not in Sicily.
This is certainly the view of my Cabinet subject to settlement of details."
(811.001 Roosevelt, F. D./9357)
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