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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1949. Eastern Europe; the Soviet Union
(1976)

Albania,   pp. 298-325 PDF (10.8 MB)


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contain advantages, from the standpoint of information and possibili-
ties of action, that we do not now enjoy. In the present state of affairs
in the Balkans, and especially in Albania, which is a weak spot in the
Soviet sphere, the presence of a US Mission in Albania might be very
useful.
  In any further discussions on the subject the Department might
indicate, without setting absolute conditions at the outset, that we
would require some assurances not only on the question of prewar
treaties, but also on the freedom of any American diplomatic mission
to perform its duties without vexatious interference such as Mr. Jacobs
had to put up with in 1916. Furthermore, we would have a right to
expect changes in Albania's attitude toward Greece and toward UN-
SCOB indicating that the Albanian Government had the intention of
respecting international law and the rights of other states.
  The Albanian approach requires some thought and discussion here
and possible consultation with the British. It seems unwise and in fact
hardly possible to give the Albanians an early statement of a definite
US position.
Recommendations2:
   It is recommended that:
   (1) We let Shtylla know informally today that he cannot expect
 an immediate answer to his query, and that there is no reason for
 him to delay his return to Paris on that account.
   (2) We let him know at the same time that the matter can hardly
be considered apart from related questions such as Albania's role in
the war in Greece, her failure to cooperate with the UN, etc.
   (3) We inform him also that we will consider any views which
 he may wish to present later.3
   (4) In preparing for any further exchanges and in formulating the
 Department's position on the subject, we should keep our approach
 flexible, bearing in mind the advantages, in principle, of having diplo-
 matic relations with Albania so long as reasonable conditions are met
 and so long as the establishment of such relations contributes to the
 furtherance of our general policy objectives toward the USSR, the
 Balkans, Greece, etc., and is consistent with our obligations to the UN.
                                                 JOHI D. HicKERSON
   A marginal handwritten notation on the source text indicates that Assistant
 Secretary Rusk -approved numbered recommendations 1, 2, and 3 on May 16.
A
 further handwritten notation by John Campbell records ,hat -the recommenda-
 tions were telephoned ito Harry Howard in New Y)ork on May 16.
   3 In the source text this recommendation has been revised in handw~riting
 presumably by or alt the direction of Assistant Secretary 'Rusk. The recommmen-
 dation originally read as follows: "(3) We inform him also that the
Department
 would be glad to ,take under consideration any proposals his Government
may
 have to offer."
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