740.00119 Control (Italy)/6–2145: Telegram

No. 563
The Chargé in Yugoslavia (Shantz) to the Acting Secretary of State

177. Ampolad 104, 21st.1

Following is translation of TANYUG release in today’s Politika headlined “by the new agreement the Allied Military Delegation has not accepted in full the agreement signed in Belgrade”[. The] article reads[:]

“Today a partial agreement has been signed between the Yugoslav and Allied Military Delegation covering the demarcation line and other technical and economic questions.

The Allied military delegation has not accepted the propositions of the Yugoslav Delegation in connection with the recognition of the existing civil authorities which was guaranteed by paragraph 3 of the Belgrade Agreement.

The Allied Military Administration, by a proclamation of Field Marshal Alexander,2 again introduced the Italian-Fascist legislature [legislation?] and administration which was in existence previous to September 8, 1943.

This places in serious hazard the interests and rights of the people in Venezia Giulia who have been fighting on the side of the Allies against Fascist Italy and Germany.

By these measures it seems that the Allied Military Administration annexes to Italy the zone in dispute and by unilateral action prejudices [Page 848] the decision of the International Peace Conference in regard to the zone in dispute temporarily occupied by Allied troops.

Therefore, although an agreement has been reached and signed covering the above mentioned items, the Yugoslav Delegation, relying upon the agreement signed in Belgrade, could in no way agree to the attitude of the Allied Delegation concerning the question of civil authority, so that this item is not included in the new agreement.[”]

  1. Not printed.
  2. i. e., Alexander’s proclamation No. 1. Text in The Allied Military Government Gazette, No. 1, September 15, 1945, p. 3, and in Department of State Bulletin, vol. xvi, p. 1265.