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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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ple of freedom, there would be presented the world age [age-old?]
problem of preserving peace in a country where the minority portion
of the population is illegally armed against a helpless majority, for
the refusal of the White Guards to disarm will be based upon the
reason that only those who have the guns are safe and to avoid all
risks no Reds will be encouraged to carry them. It all depends on
the attitude which the Agrarian Party may take. There are now
rumors that this party may vote with the Bourgeois particularly on
this first point and also that of Mannerheim retention 3 but it is safe
to say that no Socialist will consent to enter the new cabinet unless
the White Guards are disbanded. The second point may be compro-
mised by allowing amnesty to all Reds except the leaders. The third
point will be gained by the Socialists and on the others [fourth]
perhaps a compromise.
860d.00/380: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Consu at JĀ§elsingfors (Haynes)
WASHINGTON, March 20, 1919, 5 p.Mr.
Your 196, March 11, 6 p.m.
Department feels that recognition should be given Finland after
the formation of the new government on April 1, therefore you are
authorized to let the Finnish authorities know informally that the
United States feels that recognition as a de facto government could
be given to any properly constituted government established on demo-
cratic principles and with a policy not in conflict with the Allies,
which may result from the recent Finnish elections.
You may also exercise greater freedom in dealing informally with
the present government, at the same time making it plain that your
relations must not be construed as recognition.
860d.O1/16: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
WASHINGTON, April 12, 1919, 4 P.m.
1558. Referring to telegram from Consul at Helsingfors dated
April 10, 5 p.m.,4 summarizing situation and recommending that
our recognition of Finland should come immediately the new Con-
stitution is determined, and if possible before that of Great Britain
3Gen. GOustaf Mannerheim had been elected Regent of Finland Dec. 12, 1918.
' Not printed.

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