No. 321

Editorial Note

The Declaration of the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and France concerning the revision of the Treaty of Peace with Italy was jointly delivered to the Soviet Foreign Ministry on September 26 by the United States, British, and French Chiefs of Mission. On October 11, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyshinsky handed to the Charges of these three Embassies in Moscow a note replying to the Declaration in which the Soviet Government claimed that treaty revision was basically an attempt to adapt Italy and her resources to the aggressive aims of NATO. The Soviet note was published in the Soviet press on October 12. In a statement issued to the press on October 12, the Department of State made public a translation of the Soviet note and commented briefly thereon. The Department’s statement and the translated text of the Soviet note are printed in Department of State Bulletin, October 22, 1951, pages 648–649.