The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
208. Department has received telegram dated January 7th from Embassy Rome relative to statement by Monsieur Popovitch, delegate [Page 371]from Montenegro to Peace Conference, concerning political conditions Montenegro and presence American troops there. Embassy states Paris informed this matter.17 Department entirely uninformed as to presence American troops Montenegro and its information concerning political situation Montenegro vague, uncertain, and conflicting. Attention is called to complaints and requests of Montenegrin Government forwarded to Department in several despatches from the American Embassy, Paris. Are there persons with proper qualifications in Paris who could be sent to Montenegro to make thorough and impartial investigation and report situation.