Monday, January 20, 2014

US Secretary of State Dean Acheson's message to the Albanian people on the May 1951 resumption of the VOA Albanian language programs

On May 13, 1951, the Voice of America resumed its broadcasts in the Albanian language, which had started initially in 1943 but had been suspended after World War II.

Here is a copy from the National Archives of the US Secretary of State Dean Acheson's message to the Albanian people on this occasion. Highlights are:
  • The "close association of the United States with the struggle of the Albanian people for freedom and independence."
  • President Woodrow Wilson's personal interest and efforts at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919 in re-establishing and independent Albania.
  • American support for the development of Albania between the two world wars.
  • On December 10, 1942, the US was the first of the allied powers during World War II to make an official declaration on the restoration of a free Albania, inherent in the principles of the Atlantic Charter.