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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Morocco,   pp. 858-880 PDF (8.5 MB)


Page 858


MOROCCO
PROPOSED ABOLITION OF CAPITULATORY RIGHTS OF THE UNITED
           STATES IN THE FRENCH ZONE OF MOROCCO
783.003/200: Telegram
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary
                            of State
                                   LONDON, April 7, 1937- p. m.
                                   [Received April 7-3: 45 p. m.]
  200. In a confidential conversation yesterday between a member of
the Embassy staff and an official of the Foreign Office who will be a
member of the British Delegation at the forthcoming Montreux Con-
ference,1 the latter stated that the French doubtless would raise dur-
ing that Conference the question of the capitulatory regime in Morocco
and that the British Government had in fact already been approached
by the French Government in the matter. It was pointed out that
the British Government under the terms of Anglo-French declaration
of April 8, 1904, whereby the two contracting parties bound them-
selves not to obstruct each other's action in Egypt and Morocco is
obligated to renounce capitulatory rights in Morocco when the French
make a similar renunciation in Egypt (secret article No. 2 of the
Anglo-French declaration published in British Treaty Series No. 24,
1911). The Foreign Office official further stated that they have even
drawn up a tentative draft of an agreement with the French on the
matter.
  While the question of the capitulatory regime in Morocco is tech-
nically distinct from economic problems, the Foreign Office official
stated that they are entirely aware that renunciation of capitulatory
rights will entail reconsideration of existing British treaties with
Morocco and reshaping of commercial policy. The French position
it was said inevitably will be strengthened by renunciation by Great
Britain of her capitulatory rights. Final agreement between the
British and French on problems concerning Morocco will not, of
course, be effected at Montreux but negotiations to that end apparently
will follow any agreement concluded at Montreux with respect to
Egypt.
                                                        BINGHAM
   See pp. 615 ff.
      858


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