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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)

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 19 3 7, VOLUME II
commerce and navigation more nearly responsive to the present-day
needs of the two countries.
  I may observe in the foregoing connection that the provisions of
the draft treaty follow those now used in American treaties of this
kind, save the draft provisions respecting quotas, exchange control
and monopolies (Articles IX, X and XI). Practically the same pro-
visions in respect of quotas and monopolies (Articles IX and XI)
appear in many of the recent trade agreements of the United States,
and the provision (Article X) concerning foreign exchange control
is now the subject of trade agreement negotiations between the
United States and certain other countries.
  At a later date my Government would like to propose an additional
article7 to be inserted at a convenient place in the treaty for the pur-
pose of dealing with the exploration and exploitation of the mineral
resources on the public domain of the respective countries.
  It is understood, of course, that either Government would be free
at any time during the course of negotiations to propose further
changes.
  In closing, my Government instructs me to reiterate to Your Ex-
cellency that, in view of the marked progress made by Liberia during
the past three years and the more prominent place which Liberia
has thus made for herself among the family of nations, and especially
from the point of view of the traditional friendship existing between
the United States and Liberia, it is felt that this is an appropriate
time to bring the treaty relations between the two Governments into
harmony with modern practice.
  Accept [etc.]
                            [Enclosure 2]
  Draft Article8 of Propo8ed Treaty of Friend8hip, Commnerce and
                           Navigation 8
                           ArricL  I
  The nationals of each of the High Contracting Parties shall be per-
mitted to enter, travel and reside in the territories of the other; to
exercise liberty of conscience and freedom of worship; to engage in
professional, scientific, religious, philanthropic, manufacturing and
commercial work of every kind without interference; to carry on
every form of commercial activity which is not forbidden by the local
law; to own, erect or lease and occupy appropriate buildings and to
'See instruction No. 56, October 16, to the Minister in Liberia, p. 797.
  Only the articles about which there were subsequent negotiations are printed
here. The remaining draft articles are the same as the final text except
for a
few incidental changes.
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