875.48/1–1645: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to Mr. Alexander C. Kirk, Political Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater, at Caserta

67. Ur 176, January 16, 10 p.m. Department is of opinion that relief should not be distributed by ML in Albania unless agreement is reached on a reasonable minimum number of observers. Department is in accord with position taken by Macmillan although we believe it should be made clear to Hoxha that we are ready and willing to furnish relief at any time that he will agree to a reasonable number of observers. It is possible that satisfactory conclusion of the Yugoslav negotiations will influence his decision. It is assumed by the Department that from 50 to 100 observers would be considered a reasonable number and that any discussions which have taken place were not based on a large number of military personnel as referred to in Ur 1897 of December 24, 1944.34