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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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860d.01/23: Telegram
The Consul at- Helsingfors (Haynes) to the Acting Secretary of
HELSINGFORS, May 6, 1919, 5 p.m.
[Received May 7, 9.47 a.m.]
264. Helsingfors British Consul this afternoon informed Finnish
"I am instructed by Earl Curzon of Kedelston to inform Finnish
Government that Great Britain has recognized the independence of
Finland and of the de facto Finnish Government ".
Finnish authorities inform me they had been advised by official rep-
resentatives in Paris that such recognition would come from America
and Great Britain simultaneously. Political conditions, same as in
former telegrams except Bolsheviki have retaken Olenets. It would
seem, judging from events in Karelia, that the British General Staff
has accomplished this de facto recognition to obtain Finnish support
against the Bolsheviki with the hope eventually of taking Petrograd
with Russians from Finland in front.
860d.01/27a: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
WASHINGTON, May 6, 1919, midnight.
1880. For the Secretary of State. Will announce recognition of
Finland for Wednesday afternoon papers. I assume you have
already instructed Consul at Helsingfors regarding steps he is to take
in making official announcement to the Government of Finland.
The Secretary of State to the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs
PARIS, May 7, 1919.
EXCELLENCY: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that
the United States has recognized the independence of Finland and the
Government, of which Your E'xcellency is a member, as the de facto
Government of Finland.
In assuring Your Excellency of the pleasure it gives me to make
this announcement, I have [etc.]

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