740.00119 Control (Italy)/10–245: Telegram

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

3774. Reference your 861 of Sept. 28, 9 p.m. Admiral Stone has now informed AFHQ that he had reported on August 20, that he had already advised Parri of the recommendations regarding both Bolzano and Udine and as instructed at SACMED’s conference on Sept 27 (see our dispatch 1323 of Oct l).69 He had informed the [Page 1058] Prime Minister that SACMED considered that Udine for military reasons would be retained under AMG but returned to Italian administration when such reasons no longer existed. Parri understood that Bolzano would be returned but without prejudice to final disposition. Admiral Stone is perturbed with regard to Dept’s deferment of decision on final disposition of Bolzano and has expressed the opinion that should Dept decide against return of Bolzano the political effect on the Prime Minister, his govt and the general public would be most unfortunate. Stone urged, therefore, most strongly that SAC’s recommendation with regard to Bolzano should be accepted. (See our No. 3546 of Sept. 670).

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