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

Finland,   pp. 134-166 PDF (11.7 MB)

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  Mr. Artti said that the question of a treaty of Friendship, Com-
merce and Consular Rights had been held in abeyance for two rea-
sons; first, because a temporary trade agreement (modus vivendi)
for which the notes were exchanged in Washington on May 2, 1925,
and which was ratified by the Diet, December 2, 1925 had served
the purpose for immediate commercial relations; secondly, because
the Government has been extremely busy negotiating treaties with
nations in closer geographical proximity. At the present time com-
mercial treaties are pending with Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania
and a beginning has also been made with Jugoslavia....
  Continuing the topic of conversation with the Assistant Foreign
Minister, regarding a treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular
Rights with America, I can report that he stated that there is a
commission of foreign treaties appointed by the Diet which handles
all of these matters. He will be glad to bring the question to the
notice of this commission and he promised to give me information
within 10 days or two weeks as to what can be done.
  I have [etc.]                               ALFRED J. PEARSON
    The Charge' in Finland (Gitting8) to the Secretary of State
No. 1537                         HELSINGFORS, December 18, 1929.
                                      [Received January 4, 1930.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the Treaty of Friendship, Com-
merce, and Consular Rights, which the Department proposed to
negotiate with Finland, as set forth in its Instruction No. 81 of August
16, 1923; as well as to subsequent correspondence, terminating with
the Legation's Despatch No. 376 of February 3, 1927, which appears
to be the last action on record. I have discussed this question with
the Minister3 and he approves of my suggestion to ask the Depart-
ment what it wishes done about this proposed treaty. Shall negoti-
ations be renewed? A cabled answer from the Department would
save time.
  Also, does the Department insist that the treaty be adopted in its
entirety as drafted?  I ask, because it is possible that parts of it,
say the Consular Rights Section or some other, might be acceptable
at once, whereas the Commerce portion might move more slowly. This
was the situation in Czechoslovakia. In my opinion a half a loaf
  2PForeign Relations, 1925, vol. ii, pp. 94-98.
  8 Hjalmar J. Procop6, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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