52 Maloney to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 44 Moscow, 1 March 1945, 7.31 p.m.
My telegram No. 40.  Prisoners of War.
1. I have now received from People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs a note to the following effect in reply to my notes of 10th February and 21st February. 
2. Information regarding all groups of Australian Prisoners of War liberated by the Red Army will, in conformity with agreement signed in Crimea on 11th February, be transmitted to the Australian Legation by a representative of the People's Commissariat for Repatriation.
3. Australian Repatriation representatives will, the note promises, be permitted, in accordance with the terms of the above agreement, to visit collecting camps and accommodation stations for liberated Australian Prisoners of War.
4. There are no Australian Prisoners of War among the Allied citizens so far liberated according to information available.
5. Regarding the question of utilization of Australian Prisoners of War for labour purposes, as is known, the note states-Mr. Eden in the signing of 11th February drew attention to the fact in a special note  that his signature for the Government of Australia does not apply to '6' of the agreement which refers to the possibility of utilizing for labour purposes former Prisoners of War and civilians.