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

Bulgaria,   pp. 300-514 PDF (76.6 MB)

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to move in the desired direction if the Soviet authorities would advise
the Bulgarian Government through diplomatic channels to find a
direct way to end the state of war existing between Bulgaria and the
United States and England.
740.00119 EAC/118: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Amlbassador in the United Kingdomn
                            WASHINGTON, April 19, 1944-midnight.
  3147. Embassy reported in its Comea 41 (no. 2023, March 13) Soviet
unwillingness to discuss surrender terms for Bulgaria in the European
Advisory Commission, and Department in its no. 2035, March 17
expressed its attitude on this and suggested a method of procedure.
Please cable any developments in this matter, and particularly whether
the Soviet representative is willing for the Commission to enter upon
a discussion of surrender terms for Bulgaria. If the Soviet repre-
sentative is not authorized to discuss Bulgarian terms in the Commis-
sion, the Department will have to take this matter up directly with
  For your information Harriman reported on March 19 58 that when
he discussed this matter with Molotov, the latter replied that the
Soviet Government considered it was too early to discuss Bulgarian
surrender terms as the Allied forces were not approaching Bulgaria.
Harriman insisted that it would be useful to exchange views on the
subject and be ready for any contingency to which Molotov agreed
but said that at present there were more active questions. Molotov
gave no indication that the Soviet Government was reluctant to par-
ticipate in discussions with us and the British on Bulgarian surrender
terms in the European Advisory Commission except on the question
of timing.
740.00119 European War/2510: Telegram
  The Consul General at Istanbul (Berry) to the Secretary of State
                                ISTANBUL, April 21, 1944-2 p. m.
                                            [Received 8:56 p. m.]
  256R55. On April 20 the Bulgarian referred to in my telegram
No. 236[R46] of April 10, 6 p. m., asked to talk again with a member
6 Telegrsam 924, March 19, 11 p. m. from Moscow, p. 316.

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