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self as under his general supervision and direction. Similar instruc-
tions should be sent by you to any officials who may be there under
your direction.
600.119/2170: Telegram
The Ambassador in France (Sharp) to the Acting Secretary of State
PARIS, February 8, 1919, 11 p,.m.
[Received February 9, 12.36]
7119. [For] War Trade Board:
" Number 906. The following resolutions were adopted at the
meeting of the Supreme Blockade Council held February 6th.
(1) It was decided in accordance with the ideas expressed by
General Franchet d'Esperey last February, trade restrictions
with Czecho-Slovakia should be abolished; that notice to this
effect should be given on February 8th, to take effect forthwith.
The condition by [conditions of ?] Athe abolition of these restric-
tions should be the same as those announced as regards Servia
and Roumania on February 4th.
(2) It was decided, subject to the approval oaf the Supreme
War Council, to abolish trade restrictions with Bulgaria, Turkey,
Asia Minor and the ports on the Black Sea at an early date, if
possible February 15th next.
(3) With a view of maintaining the blockade against Ger-
many, Austro-Germany and Hungary, which is still considered
necessary by the Allied High Command, in above mentioned
Allied [sic] countries, Czecho-Slovakia, Servia and Roumania,
should be requested to take measures similar to those taken by
the Associated Governments to prevent exportation from these
countries to enemy countries (all exportation thereto to be for-
bidden, examination to prevent contraband etc.).
(4) Concerning ex-enemy countries, Turkey and Bulgaria,
the abolition of trade restrictions shall not be authorized except
on condition that the Governments of these countries take similar
measures, the supervision of the execution of which shall be in
the hands of representatives of the Associated Governments,
[at] Constantinople and Sofia.
(5) Trading between the above mentioned five countries [and]
south eastern Europe shall be entirely free.
(6) The Supreme War Council shall be asked to declare if it
approves of the above mentioned abolition of restrictions with
Turkey and Bulgaria on the conditions indicated and whether
the necessary steps can be effected in time, so that the date
therefore may be set as of February 15th.
These resolutions will be transmitted to the Supreme War Council
through the French Foreign Office. McCormick."

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