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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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1937, the date on which it had been signed by the Minister of Interiom
and communicated to the Ministry of Social Welfare and Public
Health, which had supervision over emigration matters, although it
had only been brought to the attention of the Legation in December
1937. While this order, as well as the decree of December 22, 1936,
was not entirely free from ambiguity and confusion, they were ap-
parently drafted to regulate American-Yugoslav relations concerning
the dual nationality of certain persons and the detention of American
citizens of Yugoslav origin for military service or for taxation as an
alternative to it.
  The Assistant Chief of the Legal Section of the Yugoslav Foreign
Office, Dr. George Kolombatovich, informed the Minister in sub-
stance that "the responsibility of preventing persons of American-
Yugoslav dual nationality, from visiting Yugoslavia and rendering
themselves liable for military service, lies with the Yugoslav consular
or diplomatic officers in the United States. In other words, if a
Yugoslav consul or diplomatic officer mistakenly gives a Yugoslav
visa on the American passport of a person who is liable for military
service and fails to warn this person that he may be seized for mili-
tary service in Yugoslavia, the American citizen, after visiting Yugo-
slavia, will be permitted to leave this country without molestation."
(860H. 012/27)]
Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Near Eastern
                        Affairs (Barnes)
                                 [WASHINGTON,] February 8, 1937.
  The Yugoslav Minister 6 called by appointment on Mr. Sayre 7 at
eleven o'clock this morning.
  The Minister regretfully informed Mr. Sayre that his Government
had concluded that it could not accept the modus vivendi offered in
our note of December 17, 1936.8 The Minister stated that he had re-
ceived telegraphic instructions to this effect in which he had been
directed to communicate the information to the Department and to
state that his Government accepted in principle the alternative pro-
posal to set aside temporarily the most-favored-nation provisions
'For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, pp. 817
  Constantin Fotitch.
  TFrancis B. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State.
  'Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, p. 825.

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