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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

Estonia,   pp. 259-274 PDF (5.6 MB)

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with Sweden.13 Specifically it is requested that draft article No. 8
as submitted to Estonian Government be amended to conform with
article No. 8 of our trade agreement with Sweden. It is possible that
Estonia will withdraw objection to draft article No. 18.
  (2) Estonia requests 50% tariff reductions on vodka from topaz
potatoes, potatoes, butter, cheese. canned fish, chocolate and candy,
flax and homespun handicraft goods; and 25% reduction on plywood,
chair seats.
  (3) Estonia anxious to export shale oil to the United States. At
present, according to Selter and Wirgo, importation prohibited by us
on the ground that shale oil is "poisonous", they claim this is
discrimination against an Estonian product competing with our
domestic products.
  (4) In case treaty not concluded by May 22, 1937, present Treaty of
Friendship, Commerce and Consular Riglhts may be extended by ex-
change of notes until such time as new treaty concluded.
  (5) Foreign Office will shortly submit to the Legation a new draft
of treaty.
  We have been at considerable disadvantage in our conversations due
to the apparent failure of Legation to have made for the files a copy
of enclosure (5) to the Department's memorandum with instruction
No. 36 of September 9, 193514 the original of which was apparently
transmitted to the Foreign Office. So that we may not be forced to
continue to depend on copy furnished by Foreign Office will the De-
partment kindly furnish Legation with copy of general provisions for
inclusion in trade agreements.
  Will the Dcpartment likewise please telegraph to this Legation its
comments on the foregoing numbered paragraphs (1) to (3) inclusive.
  Am returning to Riga this afternoon.
611.60131/53: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to the Minister in Estonia (Lane)
                            WASHINGTON, March 30, 1937-3 p. m.
  18. Your No. 3, March 17, 2 p. m., from Tallinn.
  1. The following comments on your numbered paragraphs (1) to
(3) may be communicated to the Estonian Government.
  Your (1). The Department is very gratified with this information
and awaits with interest full statement of present Estonian position
which we assume will accompany the new draft referred to in your
  Your 2. While this Government will gladly examine any pro-
posals which Estonia may wish to make regarding tariff reductions on
1 See Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. Ii, pp. 739 if. For text of agreement,
May 25, 1935, see Executive Agreement Series No. 79 or 49 Stat. 3755.
14 Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. n, p. 188.

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