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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

Estonia,   pp. 259-274 PDF (5.6 MB)

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opinion, request of the Estonian Government in the course of nego-
tiation of a trade agreement on products of which the United States
is an important supplier. Your suggestions should be justified briefly
by data with regard to the Estonian market for each commodity con-
cerning which you make a recommendation and to the principal
competitors of the United States in that market. Your telegraphic
report should be supplemented -by a more complete discussion by des-
patch which should contain such recommendations as you may care
to make with regard to any provisions which in your opinion should
be incorporated in an agreement with Estonia. In any necessary
contacts with the Estonian authorities or the trade you should avoid
disclosing the purpose underlying your inquiries.
611.60i3,1/61: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to the Charge in Estonia (Leonard)
                             WASHINGTON, April 26, 1937-6 p. m.
  4. It is apparent that it will be impossible to conclude and bring
into force a treaty amending the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce,
and Consular Rights between the United States and Estonia, on or
before May 22, 1937, the date upon which that treaty will terminate
as a result of the action notified by the Estonian Government in its
note of April 22, 1936, to the Legation at Tallinn. You are therefore
requested to approach the Estonian Government with a view to havy
ing it withdraw on some date prior to May 21, 1937, its notice of
intention to modify the treaty as notified in its note of April 22, 1936,
and, if it so desires, give a new notice of intention to modify the
treaty on May 22, 1938, thereby extending the life of the treaty for
1 year.
  When you present your note at the Foreign Office you should say
that your Government has been reluctant to request the Estonian
Government to withdraw for a second time its notification of inten-
tion to modify the existing treaty but that it is obvious that there
will not be sufficient time prior to May 22, 1937, to give adequate
consideration to the draft treaty which Mr. Wirgo on March 15,
1937, informed Mr. Lane would be submitted by the Estonian Gov-
ernment. You will have in mind, of course, that possible further
prolongation of the life of the treaty has been envisaged by both
Governments and that it was discussed by Mr. Lane and Mr. Wirgo
last month.

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