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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)

Czechoslovakia,   pp. 238-258 PDF (7.3 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
  It was pointed out that the wording of the list itself is that ap-
proved, and considered necessary, by our Treasury Department
experts.
  4. Referring to Mr. Kabelfic's previously expressed desire for some
indication regarding the nature of our requests or Schedule I articles
(a list of which has already been furnished the Czechoslovak Lega-
tion), Mr. Culbertson said that we planned to present our commodity
studies and digests to the Trade Agreements Committee for approval
in the near future; and to ask authorization to present to the Czechs
a tentative list of our requests on the various products in question, such
list to be subject to revision as a result of hearings before the Commit-
tee for Reciprocity Information. He added that we hoped to be able
to send this list to Prague, through our Legation, for submission to
Dr. Stangler during Mr. Kabelfi's stay in Prague.
  5. Mr. Kabela'c then asked what dates had been set for hearings.
It was explained that no dates could be set until the date of the public
notice was known; but that we hoped to issue the announcement of
intention to negotiate during the week of Mr. Kabelfi's arrival in
Prague (August 23-28), and that if this were done oral hearings
would be held sometime in October. Mr. Kabelac asked when the
Czechoslovak delegation should arrive, and Mr. Culbertson said that
while he believed Mr. Kabelac would be back in time to discuss that
detail, he thought they should plan to come some time in October.
  6. Mr. Kabela'c said that it appeared that the Czechoslovak delega-
tion might be rather large, mentioning four members (including
representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and the National Bank)
and asked our opinion on the subject. Mr. Culbertson said that the
size of the delegation was of course a matter for Czechoslovakia to
decide, adding that he and Mr. Cochran would attend all of the
meetings during the negotiations, being assisted from time to time
as necessary by experts from the Tariff Commission, the Treasury
Department, et cetera, and that Mr. Hawkins would also take part
in the negotiations as far as his time permitted.
                            [Annex]
Memorandurm by Mr. Williamn P. Cochran of the DiviZ8on of Trade
                          Agreenurnte
                                 [WASHINGTON,] August 12, 1937.
Subject: Danubian Preferences
  1. The entire commercial policy of the Government of the United
States is based on the principle of unrestricted and unconditional
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