Telegram from Mao to Stalin agreeing with the latter's assessment of the inadvisability of having neutral observers, at the present time, at the armistice talks.
August 28, 1951
CC Politburo decision with approved message from Stalin to Mao Zedong
All-Union Communist Party (bolsheviks), CENTRAL COMMITTEE
28 August 1951 Copies: Malenkov, Molotov, Vyshinsky, Vasilevsky
Excerpt from protocol No. 83 of meeting of the Politburo CC VKP(b) [Central Committee, All-Union Communist Party (bol'shevik)]
Decision of 28 August 1951
280. Telegram of Comrade Mao Zedong of 27 August (No. 4279)
To adopt the attached draft answer of Comrade Filippov to Comrade Mao Zedong.
To p.280(op) pr.PB No. 83
For transmission to MAO ZEDONG
"Comrade Mao Zedong!
We received your telegram of August 27.
We agree with your evaluation of the present condition of the negotiations in Kaeseong and with your line on the necessity of getting a satisfactory answer on the question of the incident provoked by the Americans to pressure the Chinese-Korean side. As before, with regard to this we will proceed from the fact that the Americans have greater need to continue the negotiations.
We do not see the use in inviting, according to your initiative, representatives of neutral states to participate in the negotiations as monitors and witnesses during the present period of negotiations. The negative side of this proposal is that the Americans will view it as [an indication] that the Chinese-Korean side has more need quickly to reach an agreement about an armistice than do the Americans. If you are of such an opinion on this question, then you must communicate this to Comrade Kim Il Sung.
[The telegram was sent to Beijing on August 29.]
Stalin agrees with Mao on the steps taken in response to the attacks, Stalin does not agree in inviting neutral countries to negotiations.
Associated People & Organizations
August 30, 1951
Ciphered Telegram No. 23397, Mao Zedong to Filippov [Stalin]
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