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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)

Estonia,   pp. 259-274 PDF (5.6 MB)


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ESTONIA
DESIRE OF THE ESTONIAN GOVERNMENT FOR MODIFICATION OF
  THE COMMERCIAL TREATY OF 1925; PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS
  REGARDING A TRADE AGREEMENT'
611.60i31/51a
    The Secretary of State to the Minister in Estonia (Lane) 2
No. 10                           WASHINGTON, February 16, 1937.
  SIR: You are instructed to proceed to Tallinn at the earliest date
possible for the purpose of delivering to the Estonian Minister for
Foreign Affairs a signed note, the text of which is contained in the
enclosure to this instruction, containing the reply of this Govern-
ment to the proposals of the Estonian Government4 for modification
of the present Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Consular Rights
between the United States and EstoniaO
  Before you deliver the note you will of course desire to familiarize
yourself with the reports and the discussions relating to treatment of
American trade in Estonia and the proposals for the modification of
the existing treaty that have been made by the Estonian Government.
It is assumed that the First Secretary of the Legation at Tallinn 8
will go over the record with you, and that he will accompany you
when you call upon the Minister.
  In your conversation with the Minister you should apologize for the
delay which has taken place in replying to the proposals that have
been made by the Estonian Government. You should explain that the
delay was occasioned in part by the very careful study which your
Government has given to the proposals, and in part by the great
volume of work devolving upon the Department in connection with
the carrying out of the trade agreements program.
  In amplification of the note which you will hand to the Minister
you should state orally to him that your Government regrets exceed-
ingly that the suggestions made by the Estonian Government do not
1Continued from Foreign Relation8, 1936, vol. n, pp. 66-72.
'The Minister was accredited to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, with resi-
dence at Riga, until August 9, 1937. A separate Minister was appointed to
Lithuania on August 23, 1937.
'Dr. Fr. Akel.
4Foreign Relation8, 1935, vol. II, p. 199.
f Signed December 23,1925, ibid., 1925, vol. II, p. 70.
"Walter A. Leonard.
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