760H.62/197: Telegram

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

194. For the Secretary and Under Secretary. British Minister tells me in strictest confidence in event of imminent conclusion of nonaggression pact between Yugoslavia and Germany he has authority to propose to Yugoslav Government inclusion of article to the effect that Germany recognizes vital interest of Yugoslavia in Salonika. Greek Government approves this procedure.

Campbell says Cvetkovic told him yesterday, “We are provoking Germany as much as possible, but without effect”. In other words if Germany attacks Yugoslavia, position will be simplified.