756.68/5–1845: Telegram

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

874. For Kirk from Dunn.8 Reurtel 1336, May 18, 5 p.m.:9

“Greek Foreign Minister Sofianopoulos mentioned this subject to me casually in conversation at Department prior to departure for conference. He indicated that Greece in principle desired eventual reestablishment of normal relations, but that it was holding off because (1) it felt such action would displease the Yugoslavs; and (2) admission of Greece and Yugoslavia to Allied Commission was under consideration. In response to request for American views, I said this was of course a question for decision solely by the Greek Government. I expressed the personal feeling that in view of recent history the Greeks might well expect the Italians to take the initiative in this matter, but added that we should be glad if the Greeks should show a receptive attitude toward an eventual Italian proposal.”

  1. James C. Dunn, Assistant Secretary of State, at this time at the San Francisco Conference.
  2. In this telegram Mr. Kirk had cabled: “Greek representative here [on the Allied Advisory Council for Italy] tells me that Greek delegate to San Francisco discussed with you matter of establishing relations between Italy and Greece … Could you inform me?” (765.68/5–1845)