860H.01/771: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant ) to the Secretary of State

1795. Further information regarding Yugoslavia was obtained from the Foreign Office today, the substance being the following:

King Peter, accompanied by Puric and Ambassador Stevenson, will reach Great Britain towards the end of next week. The purpose of his visit is to discuss the whole Mihailovic problem, but, as indicated in the Embassy’s 1739, March 3, 6 p.m., the British are not prepared to ask the King to drop Mihailovic until they have had further word from Tito. This is expected within a few days and it is hoped that Tito will indicate more precisely his views regarding King Peter.

The Foreign Office official remarked that Puric has not been at all satisfactory as Prime Minister. He is entirely pro-Serb and really believes that Mihailovic has the backing of 90% of the whole Yugoslav people and that Tito is merely a flash in the pan and will lose most of his following when the Germans are expelled from Yugoslavia.

The Foreign Office stated that it is likely that King Peter will marry Princess Alexandra of Greece when he is in England.

Winant