865.014/1–1548: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Deputy for the Former Italian Colonies of the Council of Foreign Ministers ( Douglas )2


142. Colit 51. At their last meeting on November 22, 1947, CFM Deputies on Italian Colonies did not fix date for their next meeting since it had been agreed no meeting would be held during CFM session. It was understood Deputies would meet after CFM session to schedule further hearings of views of “other interested Govts” on disposition Italian Colonies. Since US Deputy would be Chairman next meeting suggest Gallman informally ascertain and report to Dept views other Deputies and Secretary-General Paton-Smith regarding desirable date and agenda of next Deputies meeting.

Dept considers this meeting should be held fairly soon in order to schedule hearings requested by those “other interested govts” which have not yet presented views and to draft letter informing govts concerned of hearings scheduled. Present feeling in Dept is that all remaining hearings should be held during as brief period as possible, perhaps early in March.

Dept is not planning send adviser London for next meeting Deputies but will consider sending adviser, if needed, for hearings of other interested govts.

  1. Lewis W. Douglas, Ambassador in the United Kingdom, served as United States member of the Deputies for the Former Italian Colonies of the Council of Foreign Ministers. Waldemar J. Gallman, Counselor of Embassy, served as his Adviser and Alternate. For additional information about the United States Delegation, see Foreign Relations, vol. iii, pp. 606607, and Participation of the United States Government in International Conferences, July 1, 1947–June 80, 1948 (Department of State publication 3443, Washington, Government Printing Office, 1949), pp. 7–9.