740.00119 Council/2–2046: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Assistant Secretary of State ( Dunn ), at London

secret

2057. For Dunn. Urtel Delsec 192, Feb 19. In view of slow progress in Deputies meetings, Dept would like your views as to advisability of suggesting that work be begun on Balkan treaties to extent that Deputies may be able to consider them in periods while awaiting instructions or committee reports on specific provisions of Ital treaty. For instance, some work might be done while awaiting report from Venezia Giulia Commission, and even if Deputies themselves were [Page 26] unable to give much time to Balkan questions, it seems possible that experts could be usefully occupied with studies of some of problems involved.

It is realized that little headway might thus be made, but in event discussion of Ital treaty continues to be long drawn out it might be important to have on record at this stage some indication of our willingness to consider Balkan treaties. It would also be helpful if we could ascertain at this stage how USSR intends to approach consideration of certain matters, especially economic and military provisions. In connection with latter, form of agreement in CFM on military provisions of Rumanian treaty (fourteenth meeting Sept 2049) may or may not be significant, as it appears there was no further discussion in CFM of procedure for study.

Byrnes
  1. For the record of the 14th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers at London, September 20, 1945, see Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. ii, p. 275.