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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

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)

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  2. Proposed change in Article IV Section E, reducing to 150 the
number of employees of foreign nationality which Neep may engage
in Liberia, might appear still to leave to the concessionaire privileges
which might be regarded as disproportionate to the proposed lease
of 6500 acres. The Firestone Agreement, which applies to a potential
lease of one million acres, provides for no more than 1500 foreign
  3. The purposes of the Liberian Government might perhaps be ac-
complished by adding some such provision as the following to Section
I of Article IV:
  "Neep agrees that at least 60 percent of its stock shall be retained
at all times in Dutch or Liberian control, and that the members of
its Board of Directors shall be Dutch or Liberian nationals."
Similar restrictions were recently accepted by an American company
when obtaining a concession in one of the countries of the Near East.57
  4. Please keep me informed of any decision regarding the site of
the proposed harbor basin.
  5. These observations and suggestions, which you will appreciate
are my own personal views, are offered for your consideration.
882.635 Neep/8: Telegram
    The Minikter in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State
                              MoNRovIA, October 24, 1937-3 p. m.
                              [Received October 24-11: 16 a. m.]
  49. Dr. R. G. Fuszek, Health Director for Liberia, returned on the
Wadai October 22nd after a 6 months leave of absence. October 24
at 9: 45 a. m., Dr. Fuszek called on me at the Legation, when told by
Steward that the Minister was taking his bath the visitor sent his card
saying he would wait on the veranda.
  After bringing me greetings from Dr. Hermanns, former German
Consul General at Monrovia, now in Berlin, and informing me of his
efforts while at home in Budapest to counteract unfriendly propaganda
against Liberia, Dr. Fuszek brought up Neep concession. Remarked
that he hoped Legislature would ratify Agreement but questioned
financial ability of promoters to make undertaking a mammoth and
successful one. He enthusiastically advocated the inclusion of German
capital. Krupp, Garland said, could furnish the necessary machinery
and materials for harbor basin, rails and cars and insure the exploita-
tion of Liberia's rich mineral resources not only in the Bong Mountains
but elsewhere in the Republic.
7 For correspondence regarding the grant of an oil concession by the Iranian
Government to the Amiranian Oil Co., see pp. 735 if.

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