860h.24/5–1845: Telegram

The Secretary of State 78 to the Acting Secretary of State

12. I received Subasic79 this afternoon at his request. He had submitted in writing a memorandum80 on the Yugoslav desire to receive Lend-Lease aid. I informed him that we could not discuss questions such as Lend-Lease until the Venezia Giulia and Carinthian situations had been cleared up. I emphasized the seriousness of the situation and pointed out that at a time when we were trying to create an organization for the peaceful and orderly settlement of disputes we could not understand Yugoslav actions in this matter. I made clear, however, that the eventual disposition of the territory in question was not involved in the present issue.

The Minister appeared to be very much disturbed but said that he had great difficulty in maintaining communications with his Government. I said that in any event the matter could not be discussed here and expressed the hope that a prompt and favorable reply would be received to the note81 we had sent to his Government.

  1. The Secretary of State was attending the United Nations Conference on International Organization, meeting at San Francisco, California, April 25–June 26, 1945. For documentation on this Conference, see vol. i, pp. 1 ff.
  2. Ivan Subasich, the Yugoslav Foreign Minister, was a delegate to the San Francisco Conference.
  3. Not printed.
  4. See telegram 86, May 14, 11 a.m., to Belgrade, vol. iv, p. 1161.