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June 30, 1951

Cable No. 21340, Mao Zedong to Filippov [Stalin]

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SECOND Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Soviet ARMY


CABLE Nº 21340


Copy Nº 1 to Cde. Stalin

Copy Nº 2 to Cde. Stalin


[stamp: Incoming Nº 2212/sh of 30 June 1951]



to Cde. FILIPPOV [Stalin]


Ridgway, the Commanding General of enemy forces, made a statement today with a proposal that representatives of both warring sides meet on a Danish ship in the port of Wonsan for a meeting on a cessation of combat operations. He declared at the same time that an appropriate guarantee is required; only in this even might combat operations be halted.


I inform you of my opinion on this question.


Please study and give a reply, but also please inform Cde. Kim Il Sung of this directly.


1. Cde. Kim Il Sung presumably should give a reply to Ridgway on 2 or 3 July. He should express agreement in this reply to hold negotiations [between] representatives of both sides about a cessation of combat operations and suggest a time, place, and number of participants of the meeting.


2. As regards the place of holding the negotiations, Ridgway proposed the port of Wonsan.


Considering that Wonsan is a fortified naval base of North Korea and the enemy intends to land a party there, it seems to me disadvantageous to agree to hold negotiations in Wonsan. Cannot a location on the 38th parallel be proposed for the negotiations, perhaps Kaidzio [sic; possibly Kaesong][?].


3. In order to provide our representatives with time to fully prepare for the conference it seems to me advantageous to set 15 July as the date of the beginning of the meeting.


4. In view of the brief time and great importance of this meeting please maintain direct communications with Cde. Kim Il Sung, personally oversee this meeting, and keep me informed at the same time.




Nº 3267


30 June 1650 Peking time


Deciphered by Yelezov at 1550 30 June

Sent by Konyushina at 1600 30 June Nº 1408

Four copies printed. Copies 3 and 4 – to file


Verified: Chief of the Section

COLONEL [signature] (Makarov)

Mao asks Stalin to make sure that Kim Il Sung knows that he must agree to conduct negotiations to cease hostilities, and to decide the time, place, and number of participants for these negotiations. Mao continues to give his advice as to what the best place and time would be for these negotiations (place, on the 38th parallel; and time, 15 July, 1950).


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CWIHP Archive. Translated by Gary Goldberg.


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