805.4016/144: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Phillips)

14. Your 55, February 16, 8 p.m. Myron Taylor, who will reach Florence early next week, wishes to take up with Mussolini the possibility of delay beyond March 12 in the application of the Italian Decrees. We have advised him that we perceive no objection but suggested that he consult you before making definite plans.

Mr. Taylor’s démarche, however, will be personal and unofficial as the Intergovernmental Committee’s mandate does not include negotiations on behalf of involuntary emigrants from any country other than Germany.