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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, 1937, VOLUME II
                           [Enclosure]
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Liberia and
      the Noord Europee8che Ert8 En Pyriet Maatschappy
  This Agreement made and entered into at the city of Monrovia in
the Republic of Liberia this twenty-third day of August in the Year
of Our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-seven by and between The
Government of the Republic of Liberia, hereinafter styled "the Gov-
ernment," represented by Gabriel L. Dennis, Secretary of the Treas-
ury, R. L., and the Noord Europeesche Erts En Pyriet Maatschappy,
a company organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of
the Netherlands, with principal offices established at Amsterdam,
Holland, hereinafter styled "Neep," represented by D. Caffe, Director
Holland Syndicate.
WITNESSETHI -
                           ARTICLE I
  Section A. That the Government hath agreed and by these presents
doth agree to grant to Neep for a period of three years and six months
(31/2 years) computed from the date on which notice is given to Neep
by the Government that this Agreement has been ratified by a law
of the Republic of Liberia the sole and exclusive right and license to
explore and prospect for the research of iron ore and other ore, with
the exception of platinum, diamond and gold, through the Western
Province including the Bong Mountains area in the Central Province
of said Republic, excluding only such areas as shall prior to the date
hereof have been granted to third parties; all of such excluded areas
Neep may neither explore nor prospect.
  Section B. That the Government undertakes to grant to Neep such
assistance as may enable the experts and other technicians sent by
Neep to carry out their task in the best and most efficient manner.
  Section C. In consideration of the exploration and prospecting
rights hereby conferred, Neep will expend from its own resources the
full costs of such exploration and prospecting and place at the dis-
posal of the Government copies of all surveys and other maps which
may be the result of their work. Of the maps placed at the disposal
of the Government under the terms of this section, all maps of a geo-
graphical nature shall become the unrestricted property of the Gov-
ernment whilst all maps and plans of a technical nature shall be
treated as confidential and remain the exclusive property of Neep.
                           ARTICLE II
  Should Neep before the expiration of the period of Three (3)
  Years and Six (6) Months mentioned in Article I, Section A. of this
Agreement notify the Government that Neep is of the opinion that
the working of one or more of the mining areas explored and pros-
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