Editorial Note

On July 8, 1950, the Soviet Government delivered a second note on Trieste to the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. The note was in reply to the reply of these governments of June 16, 1950, in response to the first Soviet note on Trieste of April 20, 1950. For the text of the second Soviet note, see Documents on International Affairs, 1949–1950 (London, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1953), pages 519–521.

The second Soviet note on Trieste alleged that the United States and the United Kingdom had turned Trieste into an Anglo-American naval base. The note insisted that a governor be appointed for the Free Territory of Trieste immediately and that a provisional government be established there.