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July 14, 1969

NOTE FROM AMBASSADOR CARUSO FOR AMBASSADOR VINCI

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    The Italian delegation to the UN decides to vote in favor of the assignment of the Chinese seat to the PRC.
    "Note from Ambassador Caruso for Ambassador Vinci," July 14, 1969, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Historical Archive of the Italian Foreign Ministry. Obtained by Enrico Fardella and translated by Joe CaliĆ². http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116469
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Taiwan, July 14 Ambassador Caruso

Secretariat General

For Ambassador Vinci:

The Honorable Minister has read your report No. 228/Stop The decision on the Chinese seat at the UN is to be clearly delayed until after the solution of the ministerial crisis and referred to the new Minister Stop

The Honorable Minister deems that according to the current state of affairs and with regard to the intention of the government to recognize the People’s Republic of China the vote on the Chinese seat at the UN has just one simple, logical and clear solution Stop

It is to vote yes to the assignment of the Chinese seat to the People’s Republic of China Stop

This entails the automatic forfeiture of Taiwan’s hitherto recognized right to represent China Stop

Italy can and must be consistent in voting yes on this important issue Stop

The Minister deems it useful if not necessary to seek an agreement with Canada and Belgium, which, together with us, have expressed the intention to recognize Beijing Stop

However, steps in this direction can be made only once a new government has been formed

In the meantime no initiative must be undertaken

Secretary General Caruso

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Rome, July 14, 1969 time 8:30 pm Sent by

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(Text)   For Ambassador Vinci(.)

The Honorable Minister has read your report No. 228(.) The decision on the Chinese seat at the UN is to be clearly delayed until after the solution of the ministerial crisis and referred to the new Minister(.)

The Honorable Minister deems that according to the current state of affairs and with regard to the intention of the government to recognize the People’s Republic of China the vote on the Chinese seat at the UN has just one simple(,) logical and clear solution(.)

It is to vote yes to the assignment of the Chinese seat to the People’s Republic of China(.)

This entails the automatic forfeiture of Taiwan’s hitherto recognized right to represent China(.)

Italy can and must be consistent in voting yes on this important issue(.)

  1. Always indicate whether clear or in cipher by crossing out the superfluous information.

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