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(1943)

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


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     THE TRIPARTITE CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW,
             OCTOBER 18-NOVEMBER 1, 1943'1
                    PRE-CONFERENCE PAPERS
 The British Prime Minister (Churchill) to President Roosevelt la
                            [Extracts]2
                                          LONDON, 11 August 1943.
  410. Former Naval Person 3 to President. Message from Stalin 4
delivered by Soviet Charge d'Affaires5 for transmission to Prime
Minister 10 August.
  "I agree that a meeting of the Heads of three Governments is ab-
solutely desirable.6 Such a meeting must be realized at the first op-
portunity having arranged with the President the place and time
of this meeting.
  "At the same time, I ought to say that in the existing situation on
the Soviet German Front, I, to my regret, have no opportunity to
absent myself and to leave the front even for one week....
  "Nevertheless, in order not to postpone an examination of the ques-
tions which interest our countries, it would be expedient to organize
a meeting of the responsible representatives of our States and we
might come to an understanding in the nearest future concerning the
place and date of such a meeting.
  "Moreover, it is necessary beforehand to agree on the scope of the
questions to be discussed and the drafts of the proposals which have
to be accepted. The meetings will hardly give any tangible result
without that.
                                             [File copy not signed]
  'For an account of the Moscow Conference by Cordell Hull, who as Secretary
of State headed the American delegation, see The Memoirs of Cordell Hull
(New
York, 1948), vol. ii, pp. 1252-1318.
  l Copy of telegram obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde
Park, N. Y.
  'The full text of this telegram is printed in Foreign Relations, The Confer-
ences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 19.
  'Code name for Winston S. Churchill, British Prime Minister.
  'Marshal Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, Chairman of the Council of People's
Commissars of the Soviet Union.
  ' Arkady Alexandrovich Sobolev.
  'For papers on arrangements for the meeting of Roosevelt, Churchill, and
Stalin, see Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943,
pp.
3 ff.
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