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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States. Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945
(1945)

Introduction,   pp. XI-XX PDF (3.9 MB)


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INTRODUCTION
United States policy on the principal subjects discussed at Malta and
Yalta. For most of these subjects, the documentation presented
herein goes back no further than the autumn of 1944. Obviously a
full historical coverage of these subjects will have to await the appear-
ance of the Foreign Relations volumes for the years 1941-1945. Chap-
ter 3 comprises excerpts pertinent to those conference subjects from
the so-called Record (official diary) of Secretary of State Edward R.
Stettinius, Jr., for the period from December 1, 1944, the day on which
he took the oath of office as Secretary, to January 23, 1945, the day
before he left Washington for the trip to the Mediterranean and the
Black Sea. (His records for the conferences themselves are not
available.) Chapter 4 contains two high-level reports surveying the
broad lines of Soviet policy on the eve of the conferences.
  The records of the conferences themselves (Parts II and III) are
organized as follows: (1) At the beginning of each conference (Chap-
ters 5 and 7) there are presented those portions of President Roose-
velt's Log which pertain to the days of each conference.2  This fur-
nishes an over-all calendar of events for the one day on which the
President was in attendance at Malta and for all eight days of the
conference at Yalta.
  (2) Following the excerpts from the Log for each conference, there
appear the minutes and related documents of Malta and Yalta re-
spectively, arranged by meetings in chronological order (Chapters 6
and 8). The documents, regardless of their respective dates and
subjects, have been placed after the minutes of the meeting to which
they refer, or at which they were first discussed.
  (3) For the Yalta Conference there are three additional chapters
containing documents of a type not found for Malta. Chapter 9,
entitled "Other Conference Documents", contains papers which
bear directly on Yalta discussions but are not closely enough related
to any specific minutes to be included in Chapter 8. Chapter 10
presents literal prints of the English texts of the agreements signed
at Yalta. Chapter 11 consists of such hitherto unpublished docu-
ments as could be found which were prepared by conference partici-
pants after the conference, describing factually certain of the pro-
ceedings at Yalta.
              CATEGORIES OF CONFERENCE RECORDS
  The records of the conferences themselves fall into three major
categories: (1) minutes of international discussions in which American
representatives participated with either the British or the Russians
or both; (2) documents which figured in the international negotiations
at the conferences; (3) intradelegation documentation relating to
2For description of the Log, see post, p. 459.
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