875.01/11–1345: Telegram

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

109. Urtels 191 Nov 12 and 194 Nov 13.64 Please inform Gen Hoxha that in view of destruction of Albania State archives and time required for copies of treaties to reach Tirana US Govt is willing, provided Albanian authorities will affirm established principle of international law respecting continuing validity of treaties entered into by former Govts and not legally terminated, to proceed with establishment of diplomatic relations upon receipt of assurances concerning free elections. You should add, however, that in accepting temporary postponement of reply by Albanian authorities confirming validity of specific treaties which were in force between US and Albania on April 7, 1939, this Govt will expect to receive assurances regarding status of these instruments as soon as possible after copies of them are made available in Tirana.

Copies of treaties in question are being prepared for transmission and should reach you within ten days to two weeks.65

Sent to Tirana; rptd to Rome and Caserta for Jacobs.66

  1. Latter not printed: it transmitted text of Albanian note dated November 14 (received by the mission in Albania on November 13) asking for copies of treaties between the United States and Albania (875.01/11–1345).
  2. In instructions No. 11 of November 21 and No. 12 of December 3, 1945, neither printed, the Department of State sent lists of treaties and other international agreements in force between the United States and Albania on April 7, 1939, and a set of documents for delivery to the Albanian authorities.
  3. Repeated as telegram 2107 to Rome and telegram 977 to Caserta. Mr. Jacobs was in Naples from November 16 to 29 awaiting developments in the situation regarding Albanian recognition.