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The Minister Resident in Ethiopia ( Engert ) to the Secretary of State

418. Last paragraph Department’s 270, June 9. None of the chiefs of mission here used the title of “Viceroy” in addressing Badoglio. Graziani has never called himself even Acting Viceroy but only Governor General ad interim. I have been careful to refer to him befittingly as “Commander in Chief” thus taking cognizance of his presence merely as the highest authority in military occupation and in no sense implying recognition of Italian sovereignty.

Engert