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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Italy,   pp. 435-506 PDF (27.1 MB)

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  "Natives of the Party drafting for compulsory military service who
have become nationals of the other High Contracting Party by natu-
ralization according to its laws and have not declared an intention to
acquire or resume the nationality of the country of their birth may not
be drafted for compulsory military service by the latter country and
shall not be denied at any time the privilege of departing from its
territories: Provided, however, that they do not permanently reside in
such territories."
  You may in your discretion make use of any of the information
set forth in this cable and also emphasize in any other way you may
deem appropriate our reluctance to leave the problem in reference
without a satisfactory solution.
711.652/134: Telegram
  The Ambamsador in Italy (Phillip8) to the Secretary of State
                                    Rowm, December 8, 1937-noon.
                                 [Received December 8-7: 57 a. m.]
  505. On the basis of the Department's telegram No. 189, December
6, 7 p. m., the Embassy has again taken up the matter of article VI
with the Foreign Office and has emphasized the Department's desire
to obtain a satisfactory solution.
  Subject to a further study to be undertaken immediately the Italian
authorities, however, seem inclined to consider that it will not be
possible even with the best will on their part to meet the Department's
point of view, to reconcile in a general treaty the two divergent sys-
tems of nationality laws. They recall the unsuccessful efforts made in
the past to achieve an agreement which would be satisfactory to both
parties and add that while the Italian Government is at all times
prepared to discuss individual cases it seems difficult if not impossible
to find a formula which would be generally applicable. Therefore
they suggest provisionally that if their further studies should not
result in an agreement on the lines of the American proposal the
article might be omitted from the treaty.
  Ciano has signified his wish to discuss with me the question of the
practicability and the use of the sovereign's title. Owing to the pres-
sure of public engagements in connection with the visi t to Italy of
the Yugoslav Prime Minister, Ciano has been obliged to postpone for
a few days the meeting scheduled for last Monday.

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