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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. Europe, Near East and Africa

Morocco,   pp. 836-883 PDF (17.5 MB)

Page 836

  Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Western
                 European Affairs (Culbertson)
                                 WASHINGTON, February 28, 1934.
  Mr. Migone2 came in today to inquire informally what the Depart-
ment's attitude is towards recent statements made by Mr. Henri Ponsot,
Resident General of France in Morocco. Ponsot has been advocating
some sort of revision of the Act of Algeciras 3 so as to permit Morocco
to have greater economic freedom, particularly in customs matters.
  I told Mr. Migone that we had been informed by our representative
in Tangier of the nature of Mr. Ponsot's statements, but that the pro-
posals which Ponsot had put forward in this way had not been brought
to this Government's attention, officially or unofficially, by the French
Government or by the Moroccan authorities. Until such proposals
were brought to our attention officially this Government would of
course express no views with regard to them. Mr. Migone asked
whether in the event that the Government of the United States was
officially approached in the matter the United States would consult
with the other powers signatory to the Act of Algeciras. I said that
I presumed that we would, since there had been many occasions in
the past where the powers signatory to the Act of Algeciras had ex-
changed views with regard to Moroccan problems. I added that I of
course did not know what would be done in this particular case,
but that I presumed the usual procedure would be adopted. In answer
to a further inquiry by Mr. Migone I stated that this Government,
while recognizing the French Protectorate, of course looked upon
Morocco as a sovereign country, and that it is our expectation that the
American Government will be given equality of opportunity in
Morocco similar to that accorded any other country including France.
  It was clearly understood that Mr. Migone, while apparently acting
under instructions from his Government, was making an entirely in-
1 For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. ii, pp.
967 ff.
and 976 if.
2Mr. Bartolomeo Migone, First Secretary of the Italian Embassy.
8Foreign Relations, 1906, pt. 2, p. 1495.

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