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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)


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916 FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1 942, VOLUME I
711.92/31
The Department of State to the British Embassy
AIDE-MEMOIRE
 Reference is made to the Department's aide-me'nwire of January 19, 1942
in regard to Thailand, which was handed to Mr. Hayter of the British Embassy.
 On February 2, 1942 the Department received a telegram from the American
Legation ' at Bern,'4 reporting that by note of January 31, 1942, the Swiss
Foreign Office communicated to the Legation a telegram from the Swiss Consul
at Bangkok stating that on January 25, 1942 the Thai Ministry of Foreign
Affairs informed the Swiss Consul in writing that "by royal command
a declaration
of war on Great Britain and the United States of America has been made as
from noon twenty-fifth January".
 It is not the present intention of the Government of the United States to
declare war on Thailand. However, in any case in which Thai forces actively
engage in or cooperate with the Japanese in military operations against the
forces of the United States or of any of the United Nations, and in any case
in which their presence obstructs the operations or threatens the security
of forces of the United States or of any of the United Nations, this Government
intends to treat those forces as enemies. Also, this Government intends to
treat Thailand for economic warfare and other purposes as enemy-occupied
territory.'5
 The above information and expression of views are communicated to the British
Embassy in accordance with the policy of interchange of information between
the British Government and the' Government of the United States in regard
to matters relating to Thailand.'6
 WASHINGTON, February 7, 1942.
Supra.
 15 This information was communicated to the Netherlands, Australian, and
Canadian Legations on February 17.
 ~ The British Ambassador informed the Secretary of State on February 9 that
in view of the Thai declaration of war, the British Government was an~ flouncing
that a state of war with Thailand had existed from 5 a. m. Greenwich Mean
Time, January 25 (740.0011 Pacific War/~863).


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