865.6363/4–2545: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

1049. See my 929, April 11, 10 a.m., and previous. Italian Official Gazette of April 21 received today publishes the decree establishing the legal constitution of CIP. In its main features decree is along the lines of the draft transmitted in enclosure to my despatch 611 of December 5, 194447 To complete the legislation on this subject there only remains to be submitted by the Italian authorities the letter supplementing the decree a projected draft of which formed part of the above-mentioned enclosure to my despatch 611. The AC official who has been keeping in close touch with Italian authorities in connection with the course of the decree reports having been assured today that the appropriate ministry will proceed promptly to the issuance of the letter in question.

In view of the foregoing Embassy has consulted with British Embassy and both are ready to submit to Italian Government the statement transmitted in Department’s 263, February 10, 1 p.m. [a.m.] following the expected issuance of the supplementary letter referred to in preceding paragraph. Text of the CIP decree as officially published will be forwarded by next pouch.

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