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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1949. Eastern Europe; the Soviet Union

Albania,   pp. 298-325 PDF (10.8 MB)

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our Mission had encountered in 1946 and to its discourteous treatment
at the hands of the Albanian Government. He replied that there had
been no such difficulties except those caused by the activities of certain
members of the Mission. Mr. Shtylla and I agreed to disagree on this
point without going into it further.
  I then mentioned the informal visit which Colonel Tuk Jakova paid
to the Department in August 1946, when he talked with Mr. Hicker-
son.6 1 then recalled the formula for acceptance of the treaties in prin-
ciple and renewal of diplomatic relations which had been proposed at
that meeting. (This formula met our position in all important re-
spects.) Mr. Shtylla asked whether Albania or the US was responsible
for the dropping of this attempted compromise. I said that it was my
understanding that we had never heard anything further about it and
that it dropped out of sight because Albania did not find it satisfactory.
At about the same time the Albanian Government made another pro-
posal, unacceptable to the US, to the effect that the multilateral
treaties should be confirmed but not bilateral treaties except after re-
negotiation following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
   I asked Mr. Shtylla if he had any concrete proposals to make. He
 said that he could not make any proposals until he knew what the US
 position was. I inquired what Albania would propose, if it might be
 supposed that the US position was the same as in 1946. He said that
 he could not make any statement concerning a hypothetical situation,
 as his instructions did not cover that.
   I told Mr. Shtylla that I was returning to Washington on Sunday
 and would report to the Department what he had said and would find
 out whether it would be possible to communicate to him an informal
 statement on the Department's position such as his Government de-
 sired. He stated that he had intended to leave New York for France
 at the end of the present session of the General Assembly (it will prob-
 ably conclude tonight or tomorrow), but that he could stay a few
 more days if necessary for further talks on this subject. I propose to
 call Mr. Howard late this afternoon, in order that he may communicate
 with Mr. Shtylla and let him know whether the Department has any-
 thing to tell him, and, if so, whether we will communicate again with
 him in New York within a few days or later through the Embassy in
 Paris. It would be desirable to have some sort of decision today even
 if only a decision on whether to suggest that he stay around a few
 more days in New York. He cannot come to Washington since his visa
 is good only as far as the New York City limits.
   For a brief account of the conversation in August 1946 between then Deputy
 Director of the Office of European Affairs, John D. Hickerson, and Albanian
 Minister without Portfolio Tuk Jakova, see telegram 4689, September 9, 1946,
 to Paris, Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. w, p. 26.

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