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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the Untied States diplomatic papers, 1942. General; the British Commonweath; the Far East
(1942)

Thailand,   pp. 913-938 PDF (8.6 MB)


Page 914

914 FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1942, VOLUME I
 With regard to the Thai Minister in Washington,4 this Government has decided,
after careful consideration of all factors involved, not to proceed at present
with the proposal to recognize the Minister as "the representative in
the
United States of the free people of Thailand", and intends for the time
being
to continue to recognize him as "Minister of Thailand".
 With regard to the text of the statement which the British Government proposes
to issue in London, this Government considers that it would be preferable
to defer the issuance of any statements by the British and the United States
Governments until such time as word shall have been received that the British
and the American Ministers to Thailand ~ have safely departed from that country.
This Government agrees that any statements issued in regard to Thailand by
the British Government, the Netherlands Government and the United States
Government should not conflict.
 WASHINGTON, January 19, 1942.
740.0011 European War 1939/19354
Memorandum by the Aesistant Secretary of State (Berle) to the
Secretary of State
[WASHINGTON,] January 28, 1942.
 Mit SECRETARY: I telephoned the President today in respect of the St. Lawrence
Waterway. While on the telephone I told him that we had news that Thailand
had declared war; ~ that you had approved the policy of ignoring the matter.
The President said he cordially agreed.
 He then said that he thought it would be a good idea if you were to write
a note to the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate and
the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Coimnittee of the House,7 stating quite
briefly that the Department had been informed that declarations of war on
the United States had been made by Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria8 and Thailand;
and that no action appeared to be required.
 I said I would pass the suggestion along. The President's idea was that
this would merely complete the record and treat the declarations with the
contempt they deserved.
A. A. B[ERLE], JR.
 4Mom Rajawongse Seni Pramoj.
 Sir Josiah Crosby and Willys R. Peck, respectively.
 6January 25; for official notification, see telegram No. 350, February 2,
from the Chargé in Switzerland, p. 915.
 Letters of February 7 to Senator Tom Connally and Representative Sol Bloom
not printed.
 8Hungarian and Bulgarian declarations made on December 13, 1941; Rumanian
declaration on December 12, 1941.


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