The Chargé in Italy (Kirk) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 23—8:15 a.m.]
177. A Stefani communiqué published from Addis Ababa this morning states territorial occupation is going forward methodically with the peaceful submission of the population. Absolute calm prevails in the Gondar, Tana and Sudan frontier regions. The Third Army Corps is occupying the Dessie region, the 4th moving toward Gondar and the 2nd holding its positions and intensifying work on roads and political organization; the “October 28” Black Shirt Division continues to garrison the Tembien. The air force maintains active survey over entire territory.