711.74/9–1947: Telegram

The Acting Representative in Bulgaria (Horner) to the Secretary of State

confidential   urgent

822. ReDeptel 379, September 16.1 After carefully weighing various factors involved, we have decided that on balance, it would be preferable for us forthwith to inform Bulgarian Government of our willingness to enter into diplomatic relations. In reaching this conclusion, we have been influenced by following considerations:

We have already abundantly made clear abhorrence with which US Government and public opinion would view execution of Petkov;
Presumably Bulgarian Government has taken its decision as to Petkov’s fate and it seems doubtful whether our continued withholding of recognition would exert any influence in his favor;
In view September 22 deadline our further delay might face us with unpleasant situation of having to recognize Bulgarian Government immediately after execution Petkov.

For these reasons I am seeking interview with Acting Foreign Minister Cristo Lilkov for this afternoon or evening and will (1) deliver formal note concerning our willingness establish diplomatic relations, accredit Minister to Sofia and accept Bulgarian Minister to Washington (2) request agrément for Heath and (3) orally inform Acting Foreign Minister of our general attitude towards recent actions of Bulgarian Government.

I will confirm by telegram immediately after interview.2

  1. Not printed, but see footnote 4, p. 180.
  2. Telegram 825, September 19, from Sofia, not printed, reported that Horner had seen Acting Foreign Minister Lilkov on the afternoon of September 19 and had taken the action envisaged in the present message (711.74/9–1947).