740.00119 Potsdam/7–2545

No. 736
The Deputy Director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs (Allen) to the Assistant Secretary of State (Dunn)1
[Extracts2]

Memorandum for Mr. Dunn

Subject: Matters relating to the Near Eastern and African Area for inclusion in the Final Protocol

There is outlined below my understanding of the final decisions reached with regard to the five items on the agenda which relate to the Near Eastern and African Area:

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2. Trusteeship. It was agreed that the question of the disposal of the former Italian colonies in Africa and the Mediterranean would come up automatically before the Council of Foreign Ministers at its first meeting in London, since the first item of business of the [Page 636]Council will be to consider the peace treaty with Italy.3 [The Soviet Delegation gave notice of the Soviet Government’s intention to raise at this meeting the question of the disposal of these colonies, with a view to “the possibility of establishing the trusteeship system exercised by individual states or by U. S. S. R., U. S. A. and Great Britain jointly on the above-mentioned former colonial possessions of Italy.”4]

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George V. Allen
  1. Printed from a carbon copy on which there is an uncertified typed signature.
  2. For the other sections of this memorandum, see documents Nos. 1069, 1332, 1342, 1358, and 1374.
  3. See ante, pp. 282283, 290291, 300301; cf. ante, pp. 550551.
  4. Handwritten brackets have been inserted around this sentence, with the following manuscript notation in the margin: “omit.”