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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1941. Europe
(1941)

Italy,   pp. 793-807 PDF (5.1 MB)


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                            ITALY
CLOSING OF ITALIAN CONSULAR AND OTHER OFFICES IN THE UNITED
     STATES AND OF SIMILAR AMERICAN OFFICES IN ITALY'
125.691/18
Memorandum of Convermation, by the A88i8tant Secretary of State
                             (Long)
                               [WASHINGTON] February 12, 1941.
  The Italian Ambassador2 called upon me today at his own request.
He said that he had just been requested by his Government to advise
the Department of State that all the governments were being requested
to move their consulates from Palermo and Naples to a place as far
north as Rome or farther north, and to a place which was not on the
sea coast.
  He said that he had been instructed to say that it applied to all
governments and was not intended for any one government. He stated
that in his opinion it was related to the bombardment of Genoa, and
the possibility of a recurrence of that activity in other places, and
that it might be for the safety of foreign consular officers.
  I asked him if there were any further decisions on the part of his
Government as to leaving a person or persons in charge of the files
and buildings and suggested that it was a radical move. He said
he understood his instructions to mean that the functions of the con-
sulates would be performed in the consulates moved temporarily from
the areas indicated.
  He asked if I had any inquiries to make or any communication for
his Government and I answered in the negative and said that I would
consult with the proper authorities in the Department.
                                         B [Ruc}KINRIDE] L [oNG]
702.6511/1837a: Telegram
   The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Phillip8)
                          WASHINGTON, February 28,1941-4 p. m.
  132. Your 244, February 20.3 Unless you perceive a compelling
reason to the contrary you are requested immediately to convey orally
For similar developments with respect to Germany, see pp. 628 if.
Don Ascanlo del principi Colonna.
'Not printed.
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    389248-59--51


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