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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

Belgium,   pp. 219-237 PDF (7.1 MB)

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a copy of this revised draft, together with the original and a copy
of a memorandum showing the exact changes which are proposed in
the counter-draft prepared by your Government and outlining the
reasons why they have been proposed.
  The changes which are contained in the present draft relate prin-
cipally to wording except in the article on exchange control, with
respect to which the Government of the United States is presenting
a new proposal. In so far as the general content of the provisions is
concerned, there appears to be substantial agreement. I hope that
we may therefore be able to look forward to an early conclusion of
the negotiations.
.1 am [etc.]                                     CORDELL HULL
    Memorandums by Mr. Jacques J. Reinstein of the Diivision of
                        Trade Agreements
                                 [WASHINGTON,] August 26, 1937.
Conversation: Mr. Walravens, Second Secretary of the Belgian
              Mr. Culbertson;
              Mr. Hawkins;6
              Mr. Reinstein.
  Mr. Walravens called to inquire for information regarding our
position on the draft of general provisions sent to the Belgian Em-
bassy on July 9. He said that the Ambassador had received a per-
sonal letter from someone in the Belgian Foreign Office stating that
the Belgians were very much disappointed over the attitude which we
had apparently taken with regard to the negotiation of the general
provisions; that they felt we had not approached the matter in the
friendly spirit in which the agreement was concluded and that we
had not made any effort to meet their views with regard to certain
points in the draft which they considered of importance; and that it
was therefore difficult for them to see how they could accede to our
wishes on points in regard to which we were particularly interested.
  Mr. Walravens inquired whether it would be possible for us to
give him a further statement on our position indicating the points
which we consider to be of importance. He felt that such informa-
tion would facilitate the examination of our draft by the Belgian
  Mr. Hawkins stated that- we would be glad to do this, and it was
arranged that Mr. Walravens and Mr. Reinstein should go over our
draft together at an early date.
"Harry C. Hawkins, Chief of the Division of Trade Agreements.

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