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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Hungary,   pp. 410-412 PDF (934.5 KB)

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about Hungary. They have been instructed to continue these reports
and to send copies to you.
So far as financial matters are concerned, it is essential to be
noted that in the absence of legislation by Congress and before
the ratification of a peace treaty with Hungary, there is no authority
in law permitting this government to extend loans to the Hungarian
government, nor are there funds or supplies under the control of
this government available for distribution in Hungary. You may
state, however, that since trade and communication between the two
nations have been resumed, this government opposes no objection
to the collection of funds and supplies in the United States for dis-
tribution as relief within the borders of Hungary or among such
Hungarian prisoners of war as have not yet been repatriated.
Until other arrangements may prove advisable, subsequent to
your arrival in Hungary, the Department will communicate through
the American Embassy in Paris and requests that if you find other
means of communication either by telegraph or by mail more direct
and reliable, you will so advise the Department immediately. At
reasonable intervals the Department is willing that you should
employ couriers between your headquarters and the American Min-
ister at Prague or the American Commissioner at Vienna, in order to
make such communication certain and under such understandings
as you may reach with these two gentlemen.
I am [etc.]                              ROBERT LANSING

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