459 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister

Cablegram S32 WASHINGTON, 7 April 1942, 7.52 p.m.


For Curtin.

Your P.M. 17 [1] and No. 417 [2] Russia. I have discussed this fully with Halifax. [3] The Government of the United Kingdom is adhering to its views that it is urgently necessary to meet Russia's request to recognise 1940 boundaries. Halifax says that their conclusions are the same as those you and I expressed to London on several occasions. [4] Bruce [5] concurring.

Movement of war is the main factor although there is much to be said for the view that no conflict with the Atlantic Charter is involved. The President [6] is more non-committal than opposed to Churchill's views so it is unnecessary to pursue the matter further here.

1 Dispatched 2 April (AA:A3196, 1942, 0.9224). It requested Evatt to obtain from the Canadian Govt copies of U.K. Dominions Office cablegrams on U.K.-U.S.S.R. relations. The Canberra copies of these cablegrams are on file AA:A2680, 25/1942.

2 Dispatched 4 April. On file AA:A2680, 25/1942.

3 U.K. Ambassador to the United States.

4 See Documents 212 and 390.

5 High Commissioner in the United Kingdom. See Document 430 and Bruce's cablegrams E6 to Evatt and 52A to Curtin of 31 March On file AA:M100, March 1942.

6 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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