860H.00/6–3048: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Douglas) to the Secretary of State

top secret   urgent

2905. For the Secretary and Lovett from Douglas. Bevin1 today told me that he had received word from Belgrade that US was considering, against the background of the Cominform action in regard to Yugoslavia, issuing a statement announcing our support for small countries.

Bevin suggests that we refrain from issuing any such statement until there has been an appreciation of the Cominform action and to have a clearer view of its considerations and significance.2

  1. Ernest Bevin, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
  2. Telegram 2505, July 1, to London, not printed, replied in part as follows: “Please assure Bevin Dept shares his view desirability withholding statement re Yugo developments pending further clarification and evaluation and has already instructed Emb Belgrade that sense.” (860H.00/6–3048)