File No. 765.003.

The Italian Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

No. 1704.]

Mr. Secretary of State: In accordance with the telegraphic instructions that I have received from his excellency the Minister for Foreign Affairs, I have the honor to inform your excellency that in consequence of the recognition by the foreign powers of our sovereignty over Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, the special regime formerly enjoyed by foreigners in those territories, by virtue of the Capitulations of the Ottoman Empire, has ended, in conformity with universally accepted principles of international law. The necessary instructions have consequently been issued to the Royal authorities in Libya for the application to foreigners, from November 1, of the dispositions of the general law, with the reservation of providing for the settlement of all pending questions by eventual accords and further dispositions.

Begging your excellency kindly to acknowledge this communication, I have [etc.]

G. Catalani.