PRESS GUIDANCE ON US SHIP VISIT TO TRIESTE
From the USA Secretary of State to the USA Consulate in Munich.
5 April 1974 (confidential) – declassified 2004
THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TAKES THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DECLARE IT WILL GIVE NO SUPPORT TO CLAIMS OF EITHER YUGOSLAVIA OR ITALY TO TERRITORY UNDER THE SOVEREIGNTY OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE OTHER.”
Q: YUGOSLAVIA CLAIMS THAT THE US, THE UK AND FRANCE HAVE INTERPRETED THE 1954 MEMORANDUM TO GIVE FULL YUGOSLAV SOVEREIGNTY OVER ZONE B. HAVE YOU?
A: OUR POSITION IS AS STATED ABOVE: WE GIVE NO SUPPORT TO THE CLAIMS OF EITHER PARTY TO TERRITORY UNDER THE SOVEREIGNTY OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE OTHER.
(FYI: DO NOT DEVIATE FROM THE ABOVE FORMULATION, AS THE QUESTION OF JURIDICAL CLAIMS AND SOVEREIGNTY IN THE AREA IS COMPLEX AND DISPUTED.)”
Why would the United States Secretary of State refer to Italy and Yugoslavia describing claims “to territory under the sovereignty or administration of the other”?
Why would they use the specific word “administration” as opposed to full sovereignty?
The only reason would be that the US Government considered the Free Territory of Trieste under mere Civil Administration. This clearly means that Italy and Yugoslavia had no sovereignty rights on the aforementioned Territory in 1974.
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