Editorial Note

On June 16, 1950, after consultation with the British and French Governments, the United States delivered a reply to the Soviet note [Page 1326] on Trieste of April 20, 1950. Ambassador Kirk delivered the United States reply to the Soviet Foreign Office at Moscow at about 11:30 a. m. Moscow time. The text of this reply is contained in an annex to a memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (Perkins) to the Under Secretary of State, dated June 13, 1950; not printed (750G.00/5–1350). The text of the reply is printed in the Department of State Bulletin, June 26, 1950, page 1054. The thrust of the reply was that the United States Government categorically rejected the allegations that the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and France had violated the Treaty of Peace with Italy in respect to Trieste. The reply also rejected Soviet charges that the United States or the United Kingdom had ever had a naval base or naval installations of any kind at Trieste.