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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

Italy,   pp. 435-506 PDF (27.1 MB)

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quire considerable time to bring up to date the statistical information
prepared in 1935 and to prepare appropriate desiderata and examine
thoroughly the Italian proposals.
  Considering the large amount of work which these activities would
involve, we hesitate to place the necessary machinery in operation
until an agreement has been reached in respect of Article 8 and the
vitally related question of the exceptions proposed by Italy in respect
of Danubian countries. Once such an agreement has been reached, we
would be ready to proceed at once to take all the necessary steps to
enter into trade agreement negotiations and to give consideration to
all important products entering into the trade between the two
  It will be readily seen that any expression of our views with respect
to the Italian trade agreement proposals which would be of practical
value would involve a statement of our possible objections thereto and
a presentation of counter proposals. The presentation of such a state-
ment to the Italians, obviously, would amount to entering into negotia-
tions at a time when a final agreement has not been reached in respect
of Article 8.
  Although it is not at all our intention to delay trade agreement dis-
cussions, we would not like to have such discussions slow up negotia-
tions for the commercial treaty which we are particularly anxious to
expedite and, if possible, to complete in time to present to the Senate
at the present session of Congress.
  Instructions with respect to all of the remaining articles of the pro-
posed treaty of commerce and navigation are being circulated for
   The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Phillips)
No. 163                               WASHINGTON, August 9, 1937.
  Sni: With reference to your despatches Nos. 126 and 134 of Decem-
ber 18 and 24, 1936,19 and the Department's instruction No. 56 of March
17, 1937, there are enclosed our counter proposals in respect of all of
the remaining Articles of the proposed new Treaty of Friendship,
Commerce and Navigation."t
  In order that you may have complete information in respect of the
points at issue, there is enclosed a memorandum 21 in which the several
treaty provisions, the significant differences between our original pro-
posal and the Italian draft, and the treatment accorded those differ-
' Neither printed.
   Counterproposals not printed.
 t Not printed.

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