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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
(1937)

Yugoslavia,   pp. 584-595 ff. PDF (4.3 MB)


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YUGOSLAVIA
LIABILITY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVING DUAL NATIONALITY FOR
        MILITARY SERVICE WHEN VISITING YUGOSLAVIA1
711.60H4/31
  The Minister in Yugoslavia (Wilson) to the Secretary of State
No. 672                               BELGRADE, January 22, 1937.
                                           [Received February 6.]
  SiR: Referring to the Legation's despatch No. 585 of September 15,
1936,2 and previous correspondence concerning the proposed Natu-
ralization Treaty between Yugoslavia and the United States, I have
the honor to report that I yesterday again inquired of Mr. Andritch,
Chief of the Diplomatic Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
how the matter stood at the present time. Hie replied that not much
progress had been made since our last conversation in overcoming
the aversion of the military elements to the conclusion of such a treaty.
This state of affairs, if I remember correctly, was explained to the
Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs during my visit in
Washington in October last by Mr. Fotitch, Yugoslav Minister at
Washington, who, as the Department knows is personally strongly
in favor of the treaty. Recently also Mr. Yankovitch, former Yugo-
slav Consul General at New York was in Belgrade, on his way to his
new post as Yugoslav Minister at Tirana, and he urged very strongly
upon the Foreign Office the advisability and desirability, from the
point of view of both countries, of concluding a Naturalization Treaty
with the United States. Mr. Andritch also told me that recently the
Foreign Office had received a number of petitions from. certain Yugo-
slav organizations in the United States urging the early conclusion
of such a treaty, and that the Foreign Oflice would accordingly again
shortly approach the Ministry of War and try to overcome its oppo-
sition. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he said everyone was in
favor of the proposed treaty and that the opposition of the military
elements was alone responsible for its being held up.
  As I have reported previously, in a country like Yugoslavia the
military elements are very powerful and other Departments of the
Government take great care not to antagonize them in any way.
  Respectfully yours,                         CHARLES S. WMSON
  1 Continued from Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, pp. 831-837.
  'Ibid., p. 835.
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