The Ambassador in Italy (Kirk) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 11—9:03 a.m.]
929. See my 459, February 17, 7 p.m.46 AC officials who have been persistently urging Italian authorities to expedite publication of decree for legalizing status of CIP express considerable confidence now that measure may be published within a very few days. Assuming that this materializes as expected the time will then have come for presenting the statement transmitted in Department’s 263, February 10, 1 a.m. (See Department’s 474, March 9, 5 p.m.)46
As for the Department’s suggestion in its 552 of March 22, 1 p.m., that I present the additional views therein set forth in discussions with the Italian authorities, while I consider that the points outlined by the Department should be brought to the Italian Government’s attention, I suggest that for purposes of record this action be taken by the presentation of a memorandum which can be emphasized in oral discussions. Also I recommend that such action be taken at an early appropriate moment after the statement transmitted in Department’s 263 has been submitted to the Italian Government.
Please inform me whether this procedure meets with Department’s approval.