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(1919)

Finland,   pp. 210-227 PDF (5.7 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1919, VOLUME II
or at least simultaneously with that of Great Britain. Department
does not believe that recognition of Finland should be made jointly
by the United States and Great Britain but is inclined to think that
it would be well if we could arrange with British Government that
recognition should be made simultaneously.
If you approve I will see what can be done through the Embassy
at London.
POLK
860d.01/21: Telegram
The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
PARIS, May 5, 1919, 8 p.m.
[Received 9.20 p.m.]
1992. At a meeting last Saturday afternoon, May 3, of the so
called Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, at which representa-
tives of the United States, Great Britain, France and Japan were
present, the question of the recognition of the independence of Fin-
land was considered and it was agreed:
"1. That the Governments of the United States of America
and Great Britain would forthwith severally recognize the inde-
pendence of Finland and the de facto Government.
2. That after the recognition of the independence of Finland
and after the appointment of official diplomatic representatives,
the Governments of America, Great Britain, and France would
issue instructions to their representatives to urge the Finnish
Government to accept the decisions of the Peace Conference in
regard to the frontiers of Finland. Furthermore, the Finnish
Government would be urged to treat the Red Finns who had
fought with the Allies in a liberal and generous spirit by the
grant of an amnesty.
3. That Baron Makino (the Japanese representative) would
forthwith communicate the above decisions to his Government
with a view to its taking similar action."
I propose, therefore, to give the following statement to the press
tomorrow evening for publication in the newspapers Wednesday
morning and suggest that you do likewise.
" In view of the fact that the people of Finland have established
a representative Government, the Government of the United States
of America declares that it recognizes the Government, so consti-
tuted, as the de facto Government of an independent Finland."
I should be glad to know as soon as possible whom the Department
proposes to send as our representative to Helsingfors. Lansing.
AMERICAN MISSION
214


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