740.0011 EW (Peace)/6–2447: Telegram

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

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264. Dept has given careful consideration suggestions contained urtel 472 Jun 24 and to general problem implementing Balkan peace treaties. Dept’s Balkan Committee for several months has been drafting instructions to Sofia, Bucharest and Budapest concerning implementation of treaty articles and expects send out instructions in very near future. Where necessary or desirable Committee is attempting provide missions with following: (1) negotiating history of article setting forth positions taken by other powers in CFM meetings thus providing indications future positions such powers; (2) legal opinion re meaning, intent and scope of article; (3) US objectives re implementation of article; (4) possible and anticipated difficulties in implementation; and (5) practical suggestions re implementation with particular reference to specific cases with which missions will be confronted. (See Deptel 250 July 9 to Sofia re military articles.1)

General conference recommended by Robertson would probably serve useful purpose, but does not appear practicable at present. Newly appointed chiefs of missions and officer personnel assigned to treaty work who proceed to posts from Washington will receive indoctrination re treaty work prior to departure.

Sent Sofia 264, rptd Bucharest 417, Budapest 747.

Marshall
  1. Not printed, but see footnote 1 to telegram 479, June 27, from Sofia, supra.