740.0011 EW (Peace) /11–2849: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Legation in Hungary


691. Concur substance action proposed ur 1318 Nov 281 (rptd London 47 Belgrade 74 Moscow 38) but consider simplification procedure desirable. Accordingly, if Brit FonOff concurs, suggest alternatively that you and Brit Min prepare parallel notes informing Yugo Min along lines pts 1 and 2 urtel 1318 and transmit copies to Hung FonOff and Sov Emb for their info.2 US and UK will thereby have shown willingness act as provided in Art 40, and any further initiative wld be up to Yugo.3

Dept further suggests that, in order avoid question whether 2 months’ Treaty period begins with Yugo notification of Sept 274 or US–UK request to Sov Min of Oct 4,5 above-mentioned notes and copies not be communicated until Dec 4.

Sent Budapest rptd London, Belgrade, Moscow.

  1. Supra.
  2. Acting on the instructions set forth here, Minister Davis on December 5 addressed notes to Yugoslav Minister Jovanović, Hungarian Foreign Minister Kállai, and Soviet Chargé Smirnov. Copies of these notes were transmitted to the Department of State as enclosures to despatch 1038, December 7, from Budapest, none printed (740.0011 EW (Peace)/12–749).
  3. In a note of December 20 to Minister Davis, Yugoslav Minister Jovanović stated that the Yugoslav Government considered that the three allied heads of missions had failed to settle the Yugoslav-Hungarian reparations dispute, and Yugoslavia was therefore obliged to take new steps under the treaty of peace with Hungary. A copy of the note was transmitted to the Department of State as an enclosure to despatch 1124, December 25, from Budapest, neither printed (740.0011 EW (Peace)/12–2549).
  4. See telegram 1151, September 27, from Budapest, p. 264.
  5. See telegram 605, October 1, to Budapest, p. 265 and footnote 4 thereto.