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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1944. The British Commonwealth and Europe
(1944)

Bulgaria,   pp. 300-514 PDF (76.6 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1944, VOLUME III
740.00119 European War/2125: Telegram
   The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union
                          (Harriman.)
                          WASHINGTON, March 17, 1944-midnight.
  619. Department's 486 March 4. A telegram from Winant45 indi-
cates that the British Ambassador to Moscow has been informed by
Molotov that the Soviet Government does not wish the question
of terms of surrender for Bulgaria to be treated in the European
Advisory Commission.
  In as much as the Soviet Government has instructed its Ambassador
in Cairo to join the American and British representatives in listening
to what the Bulgarians have to say in case a proposal to send a
Bulgarian mission out should eventuate, the Department assumes
that Winant's report should not be taken as signifying a lack of
Soviet interest in the Bulgarian matter but rather as an indication
that the Soviet Government is not disposed formally to prepare or
discuss surrender terms for a country with which it is not at war.
Since, however, discussion of the Bulgarian surrender terms clearly
falls within the terms of reference of the European Advisory Com-
mission the Soviet Government would presumably have no reason
to object to the presentation and discussion of such terms by the
American and British members provided the Soviet member, while
having every opportunity to make any observations representing
the Soviet view, were not expected to participate actively in the
discussions.
  With the foregoing in mind please endeavor to ascertain the extent
to which the Soviet Government desires to take part in the develop-
ment of the Bulgarian terms and whether it would have any objection
to the procedure outlined above for handling this matter in the
Commission.
                                                           HULL
740.00119 European War 1939/2305: Telegram
The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman) to the Secretary
                            of State
                                Moscow, March 19, 1944 11 p. m.
                                  [Received March 20-8:43 a. m.]
  924. Your 619, March 17, midnight. I asked Molotov tonight
orally why the Soviet Government was reluctant to have the question
4 Telegram 2023, March 13, 7 p. m., from London, p. 313.
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