740.00116 E W/6–345: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Representative in Albania ( Jacobs )

31. Urtels 30 June 31 and 20 May 25.2 Please notify General Hoxha informally that his letter of June 1 requesting that a number of alleged Albanian war criminals now interned in Italy be handed over to Albanian authorities has been received by President. You should then inform Hoxha that Dept is endeavoring to obtain full information regarding status of Albanian nationals in custody of Allied authorities, but that, in any event, it is view of this Govt that ultimate disposition of such persons is matter which can not be determined [Page 42] until after agreement has been reached regarding relations between Albanian regime and principal Allied Govts.3

  1. See last sentence of footnote 92, p. 34.
  2. See footnote 91, p. 33.
  3. Telegram 83, July 18, 1 p.m., from Tirana, reported on a conversation which Mr. Jacobs had with General Hoxha on July 17 during which it was pointed out to the Albanian leader that none of the Albanian war criminals were in American hands although the United States was deeply interested in the subject and felt that in the course of time the matter would be worked out satisfactorily (875.00/7–1845).