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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

Czechoslovakia,   pp. 238-258 PDF (7.3 MB)

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elusion of an agreement, of the products on which we would seek
concessions from the other country.
  If the Czechoslovak Government is disposed to accept the proposed
basis for discussion of the Danubian preferences and has no objection
to the procedure followed by the United States in the negotiation of
a trade agreement, as briefly outlined above, the Government of the
United States will be prepared to initiate conversations and to make
preliminary announcement that the negotiation of a trade agreement
is contemplated, to be followed as soon as possible by formal announce-
ment of intention to negotiate accompanied by a list of products under
consideration as subjects for concession to Czechoslovakia.
  WASHINGTON, March 27, 1937.
MAemorandum by the Chief of the Division of Trade Agreements
                                   [WASHINGTON,] March 27, 1937.
Conversation: Mr. Otakar Kabelac, Charge d'Affaires of the Czecho-
                slovak Legation
              Mr. Sayre 5
              Mr. Culbertson6
              Mr. Hawkins
  Mr. Kabelac came in by appointment and was given the attached
Aide-Meimoire proposing the initiation of negotiations for a trade
agreement. In discussing the matter with him Mr. Sayre called par-
ticular attention to the request on page 3 for an indication from the
Czechoslovak Government whether it would be prepared to negotiate
on the basis of the general principles relating to Danubian preferences
which were outlined in this Government's Aide-MAemoire of November
27, 1935.7a
  Mr. Kabelac said that he was doubtful as to what his Government's
attitude would be on the Danubian preference question. He said that
his Government had been inclined to feel, when the same question was
raised some time ago, that it would be necessary to retain its freedom
to develop the preferential system further.*  Mr. Kabelac also said
that he would like to discuss the question with us further, with a
  Francis B. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State.
  o Paul T. Culbertson, Assistant Chief of the Division of European Affairs.
  7 Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. II, p. 160.
  * This does not conform to our understanding of the position previously
by the Czechoslovak Government. [F'ootnote in the original.]

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