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The Tripartite Conference in Moscow, October 18-November 1, 1943,   pp. 513-781 PDF (95.8 MB)

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800.0146/155i: Telegram
The Ambawssador in the Soviet Union (Standley) to the Secretary
                              of State
                              Moscow, September 15,1943-11 a. m.
                                             [Received 11:21 p. m.]
  1364. Your 799, September 4, 10 p. m. I have received a note from
Molotov dated September 14, the essential paragraphs of which read
in paraphrased translation as follows:
  "The Soviet Government recognizes that the main responsibility
for the administration of enemy territories should rest on the com-
mand of the armed forces conquering those territories up to the time
when the local civilian authorities begin to function. At the same
time in organizing the administration of regions conquered from
the enemy the Soviet Government considers it to be the task of the
military command to draw into the administration on a wide scale
local personnel who are sympathetic to the Allies and who can render
assistance in the establishment of the local organs of authorities
organized on democratic principles.
  The considerations concerning the drawing in of local personnel
are applicable to a still greater degree to liberated regions formerly
occupied by the enemy. However, the Soviet Government considers
it necessary to point out that it learned for the first time from the
Embassy's note of September 6 26 of the conversations on this subject
which were carried on by the American and British Governments
with the refugee governments. The Soviet Government has not been
advised of the contents or character of these conversations. However,
it is evident from the Embassy's note in question that a certain un-
easiness exists among refugee governments' authorities and their re-
spective countries over the question of the possible establishment of
military governments in those countries. From the circumstances set
forth above and taking into consideration that the point of view of
the interested governments in this question is not known to the Soviet
Government it is quite understandable that the Soviet Government
not having at its disposal the necessary information can not express
an opinion on the proposed statement of the American and British
Governments and cannot subscribe to the statement.
  The Soviet Government attributes serious importance to this ques-
tion.27 It therefore believes that it would serve a useful purpose to
submit the question for preliminary consideration to the political
  I Presumably note based on telegram No. 799, September 4, 10 p. m., p.
See especially final paragraph of that telegram.
  27 On September 28, 1943, Sir Ronald Campbell, British Minister in the
States, informed the Adviser on Political Relations, James Clement Dunn,
his Government felt that the time and the appropriateness for the issuance
of a
joint statement on liberated areas by the British and American Governments
had passed in view of the fact that the Soviet Government had now displayed
a strong interest in the matter, and his Government desired that the joint
ment as agreed upon at Quebec on this subject be definitely cancelled. Mr.
stated in reply that the United States Government was entirely in agreement
to the cancellation of the joint statement. (800.0146/228)

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