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INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS OTHER THAN TREATIES [56 STAT. July 24,1942 [E. A. S. 263] 65 Stat. 1603 . 22r. .C.,Supp.I, §§ 411-419. Preliminaryagreement between the United States of America and Yugo- slavia respecting the principles applying to mutual aid in the prosecu- tion of the war against aggression. Signed at Washington July 24, 1942; effective July 24, 1942. Whereas the Government of the United States of America and the Royal Yugoslav Government declare that they are engaged in a cooperative undertaking, together with every other nation or people of like mind, to the end of laying the bases of a just and enduring world peace securing order under law to themselves and all nations; And whereas the Government of the United States of America and the Royal Yugoslav Government, as signatories of the Declara- tion by United Nations of January 1, 1942,['] have subscribed to a common program of purposes and principles embodied in the Joint Declaration made on August 14, 1941 by the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, known as the Atlantic Charter; And whereas the President of the United States of America has determined, pursuant to the Act of Congress of March 11, 1941,[ 2 ] that the defense of Yugoslavia against aggression is vital to the defense of the United States of America; And whereas the United States of America has extended and is continuing to extend to the Royal Yugoslav Government aid in resisting aggression; And whereas it is expedient that the final determination of the terms and conditions upon which the Royal Yugoslav Government receives such aid and of the benefits to be received by the United States of America in return therefor should be deferred until the extent of the defense aid is known and until the progress of events makes clearer the final terms and conditions and benefits which will be in the mutual interests of the United States of America and Yugoslavia and will promote the establishment and maintenance of world peace; And whereas the Government of the United States of America and the Royal Yugoslav Government are mutually desirous of concluding now a preliminary agreement in regard to the provision of defense aid and in regard to certain considerations which shall be taken into account in determining such terms and conditions and the making of such an agreement has been in all respects duly authorized, and all acts, conditions and formalities which it may have been necessary to perform, fulfill or execute prior to the making of such an agreement in conformity with the laws either of the United States of America or of Yugoslavia have been performed, fulfilled or executed as required; ' [Executive Agreement Series 236; 55 Stat. 1600.] ' [55 Stat. 31.] 1570