892.01/8–1645: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

6932. Dept has been informed through OSS message8 from Ruth that he has empowered Thai Minister in Washington to initiate formal negotiations with Britain through British Embassy in Washington and to return thereafter to Bangkok to become Premier provisionally. Thai Minister has informed British Embassy of foregoing which has wired FonOff for instructions. He has also informed Embassy that he has sent message to Ruth that he will accept such provisional premiership in national interest but expressing hope that he may be released promptly at conclusion of period of transition. Thai Minister has been made acquainted with substance of advice (Deptel 6922, August 15, 1945) Mountbatten9 authorized to convey to Ruth.

  1. August 15, not printed.
  2. See footnote 7, p. 1278.