Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs (Murray)

I inquired of Mr. Hackworth1 what bearing, if any, in his opinion the bloodless coup d’état in Bulgaria of May 19, 1934, might have on the question of recognition. Mr. Hackworth stated that he considered that the question of recognition did not arise as there had been no change either in régime or in the head of the State; while it was true that the cabinet change which resulted from the coup d’état was brought about by means which were non-parliamentary in character [Page 102] the important element to be considered in this connection was that the King had immediately, by official decree, given his sanction to the change.

The foregoing views expressed by Mr. Hackworth confirm in every respect my own conclusions in the matter.

Wallace Murray
  1. Green H. Hackworth, Legal Adviser.