The Ambassador in Yugoslavia (Allen) to the Secretary of State
324. I have come reluctantly to conclusion that no useful purpose can be served by further consideration Trieste question at this time. In view of Italian insistence on substantial implementation of tripartite declaration (Rome’s 1011, March 10)1 and Yugoslav reluctance to surrender any Zone B territory, further Italo-Yugoslav talks would probably produce only increased friction without positive accomplishments.
I am inclined to believe that even now Italians can get small part Zone B, including Capodistria, if they are willing to settle for that, but do not see any possibility persuading Yugoslav Government to do more.
Sent Department 324, repeated Rome 31, Paris 51, London 44, Trieste 17.
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