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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Netherlands,   pp. 650-658 PDF (2.8 MB)


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NETHERLAN DS
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE NETHER-
LANDS EXTENDING THE DURATION OF THE ARBITRATION
CONVENTION OF MAY 2, 19081
711.5612/19
The Netherland Minister (Cremer) to the Acting Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, December 4, 1918.
SIR: Under instructions of my Government I have the honor to
bring the following to your courteous attention.
The Netherland-American Arbitration Convention of May 2, 1918
[1908], which was concluded for a period of five years, has been
extended by agreement of May 9, 1914 for a further period of five
years from March 25, 1914 and will consequently expire on March
25, 1919.
The Netherland Government would like to see the aforesaid arbi-
tration convention extended for another period of five years. A
draft agreement by which this could be effected, is enclosed here-
with.2 As the approval of the Netherland Parliament is required
before my Government will be able to ratify the agreement my
Government will much appreciate if this agreement could be con-
cluded at the earliest possible date so that it may become effective on
March 25, 1919 at the latest.
I would therefore be greatly obliged if through your usual courtesy
I could be informed at your earliest convenience whether the United
States Government is ready to extend the Arbitration Convention
of May 2, 1908 and if so whether that Government approves the
enclosed draft agreement. In case the United States Government
might desire to amend this draft I will be glad to transmit any sug-
gestion to that effect.
Please accept [etc.]
For the Minister
W. DE BEAIYFORT
711.5612/19
The Acting Secretary of State to the Netherland Minister (Cremer)
No. 6                          WASHINGTON, January 24, 1919.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of
December 4, 1918, in which you inform the Department that your
l For text of convention of 1908, see Foreign Relatiolns, 1909, p. 442.
2Not printed; substantially the same as the final text, p. 651.
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