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October 18, 1945

DIRECTIVE OF SOVIET DELEGATION ON THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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    Draft decree and list of delegates by the Council of People's Commissars on the USSR's joining the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
    "Directive of Soviet delegation on the first session of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations," October 18, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 97, ll. 76-79. Translated for CWIHP by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134699
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TELEPHONE MESSAGE

to Cde. STALIN

We are sending [you] a draft USSR Council of People’s Commissars decree “The USSR becomes a member of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization”.

Back in April 1943 you approved a decision about the participation of a Soviet delegation in a Food Conference in America. A decision was made at this Conference with our participation to create a permanent organization of the United Nations on food and agricultural questions.

A conference has been meeting in Canada at the present time to elect permanent bodies of this organizations and to discuss the program of its activity.

It ought to be kept in mind that all participating countries of the organization pay annual dues. The USSR’s share is 8% of these dues, which is $200,000. America pays 25%, Britain 15%, China 6.5%, and France 5.5%.

We are considering a draft decree and think it possible to adopt it. We request [your] agreement.

18 October 1945

V. MOLOTOV

L. BERIA

G. MALENKOV

A. MIKOYAN

SECRET

DRAFT

USSR COUNCIL OF  PEOPLE’S COMMISSARS

DECREE

[date left blank] October 1945

Moscow, the Kremlin

The USSR Becomes a Member of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization

In accordance with a 9 April 1943 USSR Council of People’s Commissars decision the USSR Council of People’s Commissars decrees:

1. Charge Cde. G. N. Zarubin, the USSR Ambassador in Canada, with signing the Charter of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

2. Appoint the Soviet delegation to the Conference of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations being convened on 16 October 1945 in Quebec (Canada) with the following composition: V. A. Sergeyev, member of the Meeting [Sobranie] (Chairman of the delegation), I. I. Krotov, Deputy member of the Meeting, I. S. Malyshev, Ye. I. Nikishin, M. V. Lavrichenko, V. N. Nichkov, and S. Ye. Vorontsov, comrade members of the Meeting.

Advisers: N. D. Belokhvostov, A. I. Nikolayev, A. G. Khomyakin, A. I. Tulupnikov, and L. A. Koretskaya.

  1. Approve the Ukrainian SSR delegation to the conference in Quebec with the following composition: P. V. Rudnitskiy, member of the Meeting, I. M. Volenko, deputy, and F. Ye. Parkhomenko.
  2. Approve the Belorussian SSR delegation to the conference in Quebec with the following composition: I. M. Timchuk, member of the Meeting, L. M. Kaminsky, deputy, and I. F. Berezin.
  3. Approve the directives to the Soviet Delegation at the First Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (attached).
  4. Charge Cde. Sergeyev with recommending Cde. I. I. Krotov and Cde. M. V. Lavrichenko as the members of the Executive Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Cde. M. V. Lavrichenko as Deputy General Director of this organization.

SECRET

directives

to the Soviet Delegation at the First Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

1. The Soviet delegation should ensure the acceptance into membership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. With regard to the dues of these republics to the budget of the Organization come to agreement about the establishment of the size of the dues for the Ukrainian SSR of no more than 0.5% and for the Belorussian SSR of no more than 0.25%.

2. The delegations should submit a proposal to appoint three or four deputies (vice-directors) to the General Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization. One deputy should be appointed from the candidates proposed by the Soviet Government.

The delegation should also ensure the election of a Soviet representative to membership in the Executive Committee.

3. Insist on recognition also of the Russian language as an official language in the event that a proposal is made at the Session to declare the French or Spanish languages an official language of the Session along with the English language.

4. As for the rest, the delegation should limit itself to tasks of an observational and informational nature and refrain from aggressive statements at the Session.