765.75/436: Telegram

The Minister in Yugoslavia (Lane) to the Secretary of State

66. My 65, April 7, 9 p.m. Turkish Minister expressed resentment to me this morning regarding “the lies” which he had been told by Yugoslav Government previous to Italian occupation of Albania despite Yugoslavia’s obligations as an ally of Turkey to keep latter informed. In his opinion Yugoslav Government, having done nothing to date, can do nothing now except to pretend that Italian action is agreeable. He fears that occupation of Albania is merely first step towards Italian penetration to the Aegean Sea.

When Joyce22 inquired of Foreign Office official this morning whether any further official statement would be made here latter said: “What is there that we can say?”

  1. Robert P. Joyce, Third Secretary of Legation in Yugoslavia.