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

Bulgaria,   pp. 136-195 PDF (22.7 MB)

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  4. Recognition of government in interim pending ratification of by
fact itself of ratification and deposit of instrument thereof [sic]. I said
I personally rather thought Secretary would prefer recognition to flow
from Senate's act of ratification than from any specific earlier decision
on act by himself, in former event burden on him to deal with what
Senate might find unsatisfactory in state of affairs obtaining in
Bulgaria would be the lighter.
  Georgiev fully understood my remarks in relation to Secretary's
September conversation with him in Paris.5 I told FonMin that it was
my personal view that relatively satisfactory results of election,
despite fraud and restraint involved, made it possible for us now to
concentrate on elimination of ACC as wall between US and Bulgarian
Governments, free Bulgaria from occupying military force, to seek
conditions that would permit US Govt directly to influence Bulgarian
Govt in way of truly democratic methods and real economic and social
rehabilitation, and that what important misgivings remained from
past are those emphasized by government inspired recent campaign to
throw opposition out of GNA and decision "forever to suppress"
paper Znarte 6 (see mytels 988 and 989 December 27).
  Ge'orgiev replied he could only hope my estimate or something better
in terms of time table was realizable, that he could assure me no "strong
arm" methods would be used against opposition despite hue and cry,
and that government is most anxious to reestablishment of normal
relations as all members of Cabinet realize economic rehabilitation of
country absolutely impossible without materials from US particularly
machine tools, road building, mining and railway equipment and
motor trucks. In this latter connection he spoke at length of govern-
ment plans for electrification, irrigation, completion of road and rail-
way systems and moderate industrialization.
  At this point, I took up two specific subjects that had caused me to
seek interview, namely, (1) possible fabricated charge in connection
with alleged conspiracy against regime and favor of support for west-
ern democracies in any eventual war between them and Soviets by so-
called neutral officers (see mytel 959, December 12 8), of irregular
activities by US and UK official personnel in Bulgaria, and (2) press
   The reference here is presumably to the conversation in Paris on August
1946, between the Secretary of State and the then Prime Minister Georgiev;
the record of that conversation, see Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. VI, p.
  6Zname, which was closed down by the Bulgarian Government in October 1946,
was the newspaper of the Democratic Party, one of the opposition parties
to the
Communist-dominated government.
  Neither printed.
  8 Not printed.

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