740.00119 ACI/l–1647: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy (Key) to the Secretary of State


133. Reference Fan 711, from CCS to SAC dated January 11,70 and mytel 127 of today.71 Soviet member of AC and delegate to ACI called on Alcorn today to announce that his government has instructed him to return to Moscow this month with both his missions to AC and ACI. Colonel Savko72 when asked by Admiral Stone whether he expected his government to send successor to ACI stated that he asked same question of his government but had received no reply.

Admiral Stone comments on possibility that this sudden move may presage Russian pressure for American and British withdrawal from Balkan Control Commissions if and wherever this has not already occurred. In our opinion it may also be move on part of Soviet to claim credit before Italian public opinion for being first to get out of these two organizations and to give up their property under requisition.

French member of Commission has made strong demands to Alcorn for representation on IMAS and military subsections supported, acccording to Admiral Stone, by notes of State Dept and Foreign Office dated July 1 and July 3, 1946. Soviet member has stated he has no instructions regarding future Soviet representation on IMAS.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Not printed; in this telegram Mr. Key reported that the Soviet member of the Advisory Council for Italy had called on the United States member to announce that the Soviet Government had decided to withdraw from the ACI, effective immediately (740.00119 ACI/1–1647).
  3. Col. V. V. Savko. Soviet Acting Chief Representative on the Allied Commission for Italy since August 1945.