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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)

Italy,   pp. 435-506 PDF (27.1 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
711.652/138: Telegram
  The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                RoME, December 14, 1937-8 p. m.
                                [Received December 14-6 p. m.]
  516. My 515, December 14, noon. After consultation with the
Duce, Ciano sent for me this evening and informed me that neither
of the Department's suggested preambles is acceptable and that there-
fore the treaty could not be signed. To accept either preamble
would, he said, be unconstitutional from the Italian point of view
which requires the Sovereign's name and title in the preamble as the
appointing power and furthermore to sign without the full title
would raise a political issue. In the circumstances Count Ciano feels
that the contemplated exchange of notes carrying on provisionally
the present commercial relations between the two Governments is
the best solution. Accordingly he is prepared to proceed with the
exchange contemplated and would even be willing to extend this
provisional arrangement to cover as many of the points covered in the
treaty as may be possible.
                                                         PHILLIPS
711.652/139: Telegram
   The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                 ROME, December 15, 1937-1 p. m.
                               [Received December 15-8: 35 a. m.]
  517. Department's 192, December 14, 1 p. m. Italian authorities
state that insofar as the "representative period" is concerned
the year
1934 was only specified in their comment as an indication of a year
which was not affected by special conditions and do not propose any
definite years for all products.
  With respect to paragraph 5 of the precis of interpretation the ex-
planation contained in the Department's telegram under reference is
acceptable to the Italian Government on the understanding that a
discrepancy of less than 3 per cent in the rates of dollar exchange as
compared with the rate of exchange of compensation currencies would
not be considered as prejudicial to American commerce.
  The first part of the Italian memorandum of comment regarding
article 8 reads as follows:
  "With reference to the memorandum presented by the United States
of America concerning the interpretation to be given to certain parts
of the said article, paragraph (a) the interpretation of paragraph 3,
is accepted. Insofar as Italy is concerned the 'representative' period.
will be the year 1934.
  (b) Paragraph 4 sub-paragraph (a) is accepted.
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