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November 19, 1951

VKP(B) CC POLITBURO DECISION WITH APPROVED MESSAGE FILIPPOV (STALIN) TO MAO ZEDONG

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    Reply to Mao's inquiry of 14 November regarding stances to adopt in armistice negotiations.
    "VKP(b) CC Politburo decision with approved message Filippov (Stalin) to Mao Zedong," November 19, 1951, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 3, Opis 65, Delo 828 [9], Listy 42-43 and AVPRF, Fond 059a, Opis 5a, Delo 5, Papka 11, List 64. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110833
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ALL-UNION COMMUNIST PARTY (Bolsheviks).
CENTRAL COMMITTEE

No. P84/421
19 November 1951 Copies: Malenkov, Molotov, Gromyko, Vasilevsky

Excerpt from protocol No. 84 of the meeting
of the Politburo CC VKP(b) [Central ommittee,
All-Union Communist Party (bol'shevik)]

Decision of 19 November 1951
421. Telegram of Mao Zedong on questions of the negotiations about an armistice in Korea.

To adopt the attached draft answer of Comrade Filippov to the telegram of Comrade Mao Zedong on questions of the negotiations about an armistice in Korea.

SECRETARY CC

To p.421(op) pr.PB No.84
Top Secret
BEIJING

TO KRASOVSKY

For transmission to Comrade MAO ZEDONG.

“Comrade Mao Zedong!

We received your telegram on the questions of the negotiations about an armistice in Korea.

We agree with your evaluation of the present condition of the negotiations. The entire course of the negotiations for some time past shows that although the Americans are dragging out the negotiations, they nonetheless are more in need of rapidly concluding them. This is based on the overall international situation.

We consider it correct that the Chinese/ Korean side, using flexible tactics in the negotiations, continues to pursue a hard line, not showing haste and not displaying interest in a rapid end to the negotiations.

We consider your position on the definition of the line of demarcation and the establishment of monitoring in one or two border points to be correct. We also agree with you about the composition of the commission for the fulfillment of monitoring functions.

Your position on the question of an exchange of prisoners of war is completely correct and it will be difficult for the opponent to dispute it.

As regards the possible variants of convening a conference for the further resolution of the Korean question after the conclusion of an armistice, it seems to us that it would be more expedient to convene a conference of political representatives of both sides which are presently conducting the negotiations, with the obligatory participation of representatives of North and South Korea.

FILIPPOV [Stalin]

19 November 1951

[A copy of the telegram sent to Beijing in found in APRF, Fond 45, Opis 1, Delo 342, List 23.]