462.00 R 294/84

The Ambassador in Italy (Child) to the Secretary of State

No. 320

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith translation of a Note Verbale dated May 15th from the Italian Foreign Office, in reply to the representations made in accordance with your instructions in regard to the reimbursement of the expenses of the American Army of Occupation.

It will be noted that, as reported in confidential telegram No. 72 of May 8, 2 p.m.,66 the objections of the Italian Treasury have been omitted from the text of the reply.

I have [etc.]

Richard Washburn Child

The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Schanzer) to the American Ambassador (Child)

Mr. Ambassador: In reply to Note No. 260 of March 22nd and Note Verbale No. 264 of March 25th,67 addressed to me by Your Excellency, communicating the point of view of the Federal Government of the United States of America in regard to the reimbursement of the expenses of the Army of Occupation maintained by it on the Rhine, I have the honor to inform you that the Royal Italian Government, not having participated with its own forces in the occupation of the Rhine territory, has never contested the right of the United States to such a reimbursement.

The question at this moment forms the subject of an exchange of views between the Governments of Italy, Britain, France and Belgium, with the intention of reaching a common accord as quickly as possible.

Accept [etc.]

  1. Not printed.
  2. See telegrams to the Ambassador in France, nos. 90 and 92, Mar. 20 and 22, respectively, pp. 220, 224.