740.0011 EW (Peace)/4–747: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy (Dunn) to the Secretary of State


752. In personal and confidential letter Assistant Chief of Staff, G–51 has now informed De Gasperi, at direction of SACMED, that should Yugos fail ratify treaty, Anglo-American forces will remain in Pola and on Morgan Line (ReDeptel 322, March 62 and Fan 7233).

Letter points out that such action will call for complete cooperation of Italian Government in making necessary military facilities and privileges for maintenance of troops available, not only in Venezia Giulia but also across Italy to west Italy ports.

  1. Col. Archelaus L. Hamblen (U.S.).
  2. The message under reference here is included in the documentation on the signature and ratification of the treaties of peace with Italy, Rumania, Bulgaria, and Hungary in volume iii .
  3. Not printed; in it the Combined Chiefs of Staff explained to SACMED that the Department of State and the British Foreign Office considered that the Anglo-American forces should remain on the Morgan Line in case the Yugoslavs failed to ratify the peace treaty. In this case Article 89 would become operative and the Venezia Giulia settlement would not come into force; and the United States and the United Kingdom would demand the withdrawal of the Yugoslav detachment from Zone “A”. (740.00119 EW/2–847)