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

2690. Most papers carry news that Allies have declared that institutional truce is at an end. Press quotes from following FonOff communiqué:

“In conformity to declarations made some weeks ago in London and Washington President of Allied Commission Ellery Stone has in last few days officially confirmed to De Gasperi that Allied Governments in view of imminent elections regard pledge made by various Italian Governments that have been in power since Armistice relative to institutional truce no longer in force.”

Sent Dept 2690; repeated Caserta 796; Paris 297.