The Secretary of Defense (Lovett) to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary: Reference is made to your letter of 26 August 1952,1 concerning the terms of reference and agenda for the conduct of the forthcoming tripartite military conversations with Yugoslavia.
Enclosed herewith are the recommendations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff concerning the several matters raised by this letter and its accompanying enclosures. You will observe that the Joint Chiefs of Staff have also addressed themselves to the question of participation by Greece, Turkey, and Italy in future military planning with Yugoslavia, as well as notification to these governments concerning the presently planned conversations, in which General Handy is to be the tripartite representative.
These recommendations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have my approval. It is my understanding that the initial tripartite diplomatic approach to Marshal Tito may be made during the forthcoming visit of the British Foreign Secretary in Belgrade next week.2 I trust that this will make it possible for the ensuing military conversations to be initiated at an early date.
- Not printed. (768.5/8–2652)↩
- On Sept. 2, representatives of the British Embassy in Washington informed the Department of State that Foreign Secretary Eden hoped that the military talks with Yugoslavia could be underway by the time he visited Belgrade on Sept. 17. At the minimum, Eden urged that the tripartite approach to Tito requesting the talks be made prior to his visit. These views and Department of State efforts to expedite Department of Defense consideration of the papers transmitted under cover of Matthews’ letter of Aug. 26 to Lovett are described in a memorandum from Thurston to Matthews, Sept. 2. (768.5/9–252)↩
- Not found in Department of State files.↩
- Presumably reference is to the letter of Aug. 26 from Matthews to Lovett, with enclosures.↩
- The terms of reference for the talks were sent to the Department of State as Appendix “A” to a letter from Lovett to Acheson of Aug. 20. (768.5/8–2052)↩
- The agenda for the tripartite talks with Yugoslavia was transmitted to the Department of State as Appendix “B” to Lovett’s letter of Aug. 20 to Acheson.↩
- The appendix is not printed.↩