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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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.711.652/133: Telegram
  The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Phillips)
                            WASHINGTON, December 9, 1937-7 p. m.
  190. Your 503, December 6. As we understand your telegram, the
Italians have proposed that the possessions and colonies of Italy be
excepted from the operation of the treaty and have inquired whether
under this condition the Government of the United States might wish
to make exceptions in respect of its territories and possessions. In
other words, it appears that the Italians have in mind reciprocal excep-
tions in respect of the application of the treaty to the possessions and
colonies of each of the Contracting Parties.
  It is not the policy of the United States to except its territories and
possessions from the operation of its definitive treaties of commerce
and navigation and such exceptions do not appear in our modern
treaties. It would be neither practicable nor desirable from the stand-
point of this Government to change this established policy by amend-
ing the proposed treaty with Italy so that it would apply only to con-
tinental United States. Moreover, even if such change of policy were
desirable, we would be confronted with almost insurmountable tech-
nical and procedural difficulties were we to attempt to make the change
  On the other hand, we feel that since it is necessary to have the
treaty apply to the territories and possessions of the United States,
it should likewise apply to the Italian overseas possessions. Italy has
already made certain of its treaties with other countries applicable
to its overseas possessions and, hence, we do not understand why it
would be impossible to have the proposed treaty with this country
apply to Italian possessions.
  You are requested to present the foregoing views to the appropriate
authorities in such manner as you may deem appropriate and report
fully the Italian reply.
711.652/135: Telegram
   The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                 RomE, December 10, 1937-7 p. m.
                                             [Received 7:47 p. m.]
  509. A meeting of the representatives of Italian Ministries inter-
ested in the commercial treaty was held yesterday afternoon at the
Foreign Office to discuss the remaining points at issue, the result of
which have been communicated to the Embassy as follows:

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