860d.00/380: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Helsingfors ( Haynes )

Your 196, March 11, 6 p.m.

Department feels that recognition should be given Finland after the formation of the new government on April 1, therefore you are authorized to let the Finnish authorities know informally that the United States feels that recognition as a de facto government could be given to any properly constituted government established on democratic principles and with a policy not in conflict with the Allies, which may result from the recent Finnish elections.

You may also exercise greater freedom in dealing informally with the present government, at the same time making it plain that your relations must not be construed as recognition.