File No. 763.72119/2004a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page )


1738. You will inform the Government to which you are accredited textually as follows:

In connection with the recently arranged armistice entered into between the commander of the Allied military forces operating in Macedonia and the commissioners of the Bulgarian Government, the Government of the United States, in expressing its gratification at the practical withdrawal of Bulgaria from her alliance with the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires and the consequent cessation of hostilities, feels that it should very frankly state that it cannot but regard every question which concerns the Balkan states as an essential part of the general peace settlement inasmuch as there is no region of Europe more likely to be a seed-bed for war than the Balkans. The Government of the United States is firmly convinced that peace with Bulgaria cannot be treated apart from a general Balkan settlement without embarrassing the consideration of such subjects as the reopening of the treaties of Brest-Litovsk and Bucharest and making very difficult many matters of final consideration. The Government of the United States desires to register the opinion that it would be very hazardous to treat separately any part of the whole subject which will be included in the final treaty of peace.

Repeat, mutatis mutandis, Rome, 1736; American Consul, Nice, for Dodge, and Athens, 652.1

  1. The communication was also included in a note to the French Ambassador, Oct. 1 (File No. 763.72119/3348g).