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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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  possible Ital. approach to Alb Govt. While we wld regard any Ital
  advice to Hoxha regime suggesting desirability fundamental change
  in policies as unwise and unrealistic in view his subjection to Moscow,
  believe might be useful if Italy took appropriate occasion to tell Alb
  Govt continued aid to Grk guerrillas impeding Balkan settlement
  and stabilization situation in Adriatic area in which both Italy and
  Alb directly concerned. In ur discretion you may inform FonOff
    Dept gratified at Zoppi's reaffirmation existence of free and in-
  dependent Alb is basic Ital policy. W¥e must, however, recognize that
  any moves which appear to give Italy special or leading role in Alb
  understandably arouse fears that Italy may wish to regain pre-wer
  dominant position there.
  Dept wld like to know when Ital mission going to Tirana as result
  recent decision re-establish dipl relations. In this connection you shld
  discreetly inform FonOff that Dept would appreciate being kept in-
  formed of important polit developments in Albania which may be
  reported to Rome by Ital mission there.
  'Re third para reftel we have repeatedly told Grks we oppose any
  Grk mill-ventures into Alb such as encirclement Grammos or Vitsi
  through Alb territory or mass pursuit guerrillas into Alb. Recently
  we recd categorical assurances this not contemplated...2
  Grk Amb informs Dept Grk Govt views very favorably planned
  estab of Alban Natl Cornite in exile and has prepared statement for
  issuance on occasion public announcement Comite's formation. Grk
  Govt is however concerned lest Cominform shld merely be replaced
  by Yugo or Italy as dominant influence Alb.,
  Sent Rome, rptd Athens.3
  'Documentation on the attitude of the United States with respect to a possible
  Greek intervention into Alblania is scheduled for publication in volume
  Repeated to Athens as telegram 1295.
Memorandum     of Conversation, by the Chief, Division of Greek,
             Turkish, and Iranian Affairs (Jernegan)
SECRET                             [WASHINGTON,] August 16, 1949&
Participants: Mr. Gouras, Minister-Counselor of the Greek Embassy
              Mr. John D. Jernegan, Chief, GTI
  Problem; Whether to accept Greek suggestion for exchange of
information in Paris and Rome regarding personalities involved in
anticipated Albanian liberation movement.

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