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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

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

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    The Charge' in Yugo8lavia (Reed) to the Secretary of State
No. 71                                BELGRADE, December 21, 1937.
                                       [Received January 13, 1938.]
  SIR: I have the honor to report that the Yugoslav Minister of In-
terior. is understood to have issued an order, in the nature of a notifica-
tion to the Yugoslav Ministry for Social Welfare and Public Health,
which, when officially decreed, will be of highest importance in regu-
lating the status in Yugoslavia of American citizens of Yugoslav
  In brief the order reads that within a period of three years from^
December 22, 1936, American citizens of Yugoslav origin may re-
linquish their Yugoslav citizenship by filing a declaration of renuncia-
tion of citizenship. This extension to December 22, 1939, will permit
the relinquishment of Yugoslav citizenship by those who failed to do
so under the application of Article 31 of the Law relating to Citizen-
ship. The order also provides that American citizens of Yugoslav
origin who arrive in Yugoslavia with an American passport, and hav-
ing a regular Yugoslav visa, shall not be molested for any reason but
shall be granted an exit visa upon their request. This injunction
against molestation would appear to free such American citizens of
the possibility of being inducted into the Yugoslav army-or assessed
a tax for having failed to adjust their military obligations in Yugo-
  The order, a translation of which is attached herewith,3 appeared
in the Iseijenik, a publication of the Association of Emigrants, Zagreb.
As soon as it shall be verified that the order is official and is in the
nature of a decree the Department will be notified. A translation of
the Decree of the Minister of Interior, III No. 44889/36 of December
22, 1936, was transmitted to the Department by despatch No. 666 of
January 14, 1937.4
  Respectfully yours,                           CHARLES S. REED 2d
  [The American Minister informed the Department in his despatch
No. 151, March 3, 1938, that the order of the Minister of Interior
relative to Yugoslav citizenship had been placed in effect on June 22,
' Not printed.
  'Not printed. The Minister had reported in this despatch his belief that
decree would "clarify the situation as regards certain classes of naturalized
American citizens, hitherto considered to be of Yugoslav origin, and will
in a
number of instances entirely avoid the possibility that these naturalized
can citizens may be called upon for military service in Yugoslavia."
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