The Secretary of State to the Minister in Yugoslavia (Wilson)
Sir: Reference is made to the Legation’s despatch No. 1632 of May 12, 1933,18 in which it was reported that the Minister had been informed by Minister Yeftich and Minister Purich of the Foreign Office, that although the Foreign Office had endeavored to obtain some decisive answer respecting the treaty concerning naturalized citizens and persons born with dual nationality, proposed by the Department, [Page 832] a copy of which was enclosed with the Department’s instruction No. 315 of September 4, 1931,19 it had thus far been unsuccessful. The despatch stated that it appeared that the War Office was very much opposed to the proposals set forth in the draft of the naturalization treaty, as they considered that they might lose some military recruits in this manner, and concluded that it did not seem that we might look forward in the near future to any adjustment of naturalization agreements.
As a considerable period of time has elapsed since the date of the above-mentioned despatch, the Department desires that you ascertain and report whether there may have been any modification in the attitude of the authorities of Yugoslavia with respect to the question of concluding a treaty of the kind proposed.
In presenting this matter to the Foreign Minister,20 it is deemed expedient that you emphasize the reciprocal character of the proposed treaty, which should be advantageous to Yugoslavia as well as the United States, and that in this regard you call special attention to the provisions of the third and fourth articles.
Very truly yours,