Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War by Effie G. H. Pedaliu (auth.)

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59 The Foreign Office rejected the suggestion that the alleged war criminals should not be handed over to Yugoslavia to face trial despite any political embarrassment that this would cause. 60 The November 1945 elections in Yugoslavia confirmed Tito’s unshakeable grasp over his country and highlighted once again the different tactics the British and the Americans had adopted towards him and which were eventually to affect war crimes policy implementation. 62 The Truman Administration decided to adopt a diametrically opposed line and marked its disapproval by putting distance between Washington and Belgrade.

After all, June 1946 was to be a critical time in Italy as elections for the Constituent Assembly and a referendum to decide the ‘institutional question’, the future of the Monarchy, were scheduled for 2 June. He also maintained that the Yugoslav judicial system could give ‘no guarantee whatsoever of compliance with the most elementary principles of justice’. 75 De Gasperi also promised Ellery Stone and Philip Broad, the British Political Adviser at the AFHQ, that the results of these investigations would be communicated to the Allied Commission as soon as they had been completed.

General Browning, the head of MMIA, warned that the Italian military would come to the conclusion that the British had let them down. 59 The Foreign Office rejected the suggestion that the alleged war criminals should not be handed over to Yugoslavia to face trial despite any political embarrassment that this would cause. 60 The November 1945 elections in Yugoslavia confirmed Tito’s unshakeable grasp over his country and highlighted once again the different tactics the British and the Americans had adopted towards him and which were eventually to affect war crimes policy implementation.

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