The Chargé in Italy (Kirk) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 23—9:50 a.m.]
96. My telegram No. 95, October 15, 11 a.m.,31 and previous. Following is translation of aide-mémoire dated October 22nd received this morning from Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the honor to refer to the aide-mémoire of the American Embassy of October 1st.
The Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been in communication with the Royal Ministry of Finance in regard thereto and has the honor to state that it has instructed the Italian delegate to the International Commission in Athens to adhere, insofar as he is concerned, [Page 412] to the desire of the American Government in the sense that there be accorded to the loan granted by the American Government to Greece on May 10, 1929, a treatment analogous to that which, as is indicated in the first paragraph of the aide-mémoire of the American Embassy, is in the process of being adopted as regards other loans placed under the control of the International Financial Commission at Athens, naturally leaving aside the question as to whether the Hoover moratorium covers the loan granted in 1929 by the United States to Greece in view of the fact that that loan was ‘issued by virtue of the agreement entered into for the settlement of undertakings contracted during the war’.”
Embassy’s aide-mémoire referred to above contained substance of the Department’s telegram No. 77, September 30, 1 p.m.32 with minor verbal changes and first paragraph of aide-mémoire mentioned in Foreign Office statement corresponded to first paragraph of that telegram.
I notified the Foreign Office yesterday in the sense of the Department’s telegram No. 82, October 21, 5 p.m.,33 paragraph 2. Not repeated to London and Paris.