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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. Eastern Europe; The Soviet Union
(1947)

Bulgaria,   pp. 136-195 PDF (22.7 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 19 4 7, VOLUME IV
note further requested that immediate consultations take place at a
governmental level among the United States, the United Kingdom,
and the Soviet Union in order that they might reach concerted policies
in regard to the matter in view of the obligations of the three govern-
ments under the Yalta Agreement. The British Embassy sent a similar
note to the Soviet Foreign Ministry. In a reply delivered to the Em-
bassy on August 25, Acting Soviet Foreign Minister Andrey Yanu-
aryevich Vyshinsky rejected the appraisal and the proposals contained
in the Charge's note.. For the text of Charge Durbrow's note of
August 23 and for the substance of the Soviet reply of August 25, both
released to the press on August 26, see Department of State Bulletin,
September 7, 1947, pages 481-482.
874.00/8-2347: Telegram
Mr. Robert Rossow, Jr., of the Mission in Bulgaria to the Secretary
                             of State
SECRET                             SOFIA, August 23, 1947-3 p. m.
URGENT     NIACT
  724. From Rossow. I saw Soviet Minister Kirsanov noon today and
said I regretted not having been able accompany British political
representative (Mistel 717 August 23'1) at interview last night. I said
it was not necessary go into great detail since Sterndale-Bennett had
covered same ground night before but wanted to state we did not
feel Petkov case to be purely internal matter in view Bulgaria's status
with respect Yalta and armistice agreements and morally with respect
peace treaty. I said we had reason feel trial was in no sense demo-
cratic and that American public opinion had been revolted at scan-
dalous conduct and campaign of intimidation simultaneously carried
on. I said furthermore that we could not ignore repeated charges
foreign interference made during trial. We felt, I said, that only
reasonable course for Bulgarian Govt was completely annul proceed-
ings but that meanwhile we felt it necessary and urgent approach
Bulgarian Govt on informal basis with view urging them to withhold
execution of sentence. I wanted join suit political representative ex-
tending Soviet Minister invitation take parallel action immediately
vis-a-vis Bulgarian Govt.
  1 Not printed; it reported on British Representative Sterudale Bennett's
con-
versation with Soviet Minister Kirsanov on the previous evening. Sterndale
Bennett described the more flagrant external evidences of injustice in the
Petkov
trial and stated that it was the opinion of the British Government that the
Bul-
garian Government should completely annul the proceedings. Sterndale Bennett
said that the British and the United States Governments were making overtures
to the Bulgarian Government to stop the carrying out of Petkov's death sentence
and urged Kirsanov to take parallel action. (874.00/8-2447)
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