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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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four be omitted from the published list, and that the last two items.
be included. He stated that all of these items are on the list which
was presented to him by the Department some time ago.
  He asked what decision if any had been reached with regard to the
Czech request on beer and two or three other items. I told him that I
had just returned this morning and would have to look into that
  Mr. Kabelac said that a list of commodities on which we would
seek concessions from Czechoslovakia had been received in Prague,
and that he had just this morning received a telegram from Stangler
indicating that Stangler was rather confused with regard to this
list and wondered whether we could indicate to the Czechs at least
the nature of the concession we would seek with regard to each indi-
vidual item. I told Kabelac that our studies so far made were only
preliminary, but that I would see whether it might not be possible
to give his Government such indications. He also suggested that his
Government might wish some of these commodities left off the list
just as we had asked them to omit some of the items which they had
included in their list. I told Kabelac that the situation would seem
to be a little different in that we were under obligation to publish the
list of commodities which we were considering, but I did not believe
that his Government was under such an obligation.
  Mr. Kabelic then inquired what my ideas were with regard to pro-
cedure in negotiations. I told him that I felt that we might, prior to
the conclusion of the public hearings, undertake sessions with regard
to the general provisions and also with regard to the question of
Danubian preference. His inquiries with regard to the general
provisions were enough to indicate that he had not even read the
mimeographed draft which I gave him some weeks agfo. I told him
that his Government should consider this mimeographed draft as our
proposal, and that it should study the draft in that light, accepting
as many of the provisions as it can, and preparing counter-proposals
on any articles with which the Czech Government finds difficulty.
                                        P[AUL] T. C[ULBERTSONI
Memorandum by Mr. WVilliam P. Cochran of the Division of Trade
                                 [WAsHINGToN,] August 12, 1937.
Conversation: Mr. Kabelac, Secretary of the Czechoslovak Legation.
               Mr. Culbertson, European Division.
               Mr. Cochran, Division of Trade Agreements.

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