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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Finland,   pp. 210-227 PDF (5.7 MB)

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" Your 100, February 15, 6 p.m. Please say to Minister Enckell
that I am unable to answer his question as the matter is still under
consideration but that I shall not fail to advise you as soon as a
decision has been reached. Copy of this telegram has been sent
to the Department."                                 Lansing
860d.01/10: Telegram
The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
PAIRIS, March 1, 1919,- 6 p.m.
[Received 8.08 p.m.]
988. My 868, February 22, 5 p.m. Hoover2 states that 14,000,000
dollar credit in National City Bank in favor of Bank of Helsingfors
would be available for food purchases for Finland3 if American
Government should grant provisional recognition Finnish Govern-
ment. Mission believes British and French inclined to favor such
a step. However Mission feels that general elections, expected to
take place March Ist, can alone determine whether present Gov-
ernment has people's mandate. In event election results in clear
manifestation of public will, Mission is disposed to raise without
delay question of provisional recognition by Associated Govern-
ments. *What are Department's views? Lansing.
860d.01/10: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
WASHINGTON, March 4, 1919, 3 p.m.
950. Your 988, March 1st, 6 p.m.
Department concurs in views of Mission. I believe impending
elections4 should determine whether present government has people's
mandate. If this proves to be the case, I believe we should grant
provisional recognition at once, not only to clarify situation, but
also to steady the new government.
If elections fail to be conclusive I still believe we should send
some message to the Consul at Helsingfors which will make it
evident to the Finnish people that the people of the United States
sympathize with their aspirations for independence and appreciate
their desire for national existence.
2 Herbert C. Hoover, U.S. Food Administrator.
3 See also Foreign Relation8, 1918, Supplement 2, pp. 572-588.
4 The elections were held Mar. 1.

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