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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
(1937)

France,   pp. 275-318 PDF (16.0 MB)


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811.114 St. Pierre-Miquelon/471: Telegram
   The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                 PARIS, February 24, 1937-7 p. m.
                               [Received February 24-6: 11 p. m.]
  271. Your 103, February 23, 7 p. m. After consideration of your
telegram under reference, the Ministry of Colonies and the Ministry
for Foreign Affairs have come to the conclusion that instead of at-
tempting further to agree upon the proposed definition it is prefer-
able to abandon the proposal to abrogate the present bonding system.
In other words, they now propose to leave the decree of April 9, 1935,
regarding the bonding system for the exportation of alcohol from
St. Pierre, in full force and effect.
  In addition the Ministry for Foreign Affairs states that if there
should be any continuance of smuggling they will be prepared to re-
examine the situation. Furthermore, that the administration of St.
Pierre will receive special instructions from the Ministry of Colonies
to supervise the importation of alcohol into the islands so that, if
necessary, measures may be taken to prevent the building up of new
stocks.
  We have attempted with the support of the Ministry for Foreign
Affairs to obtain in addition to the retention of the decree of April 9,
1935, a new decree prohibiting the importation of foreign alcohol
into the islands. We have pointed out that the Administrative Coun-
cil.has submitted for the approval of the Ministry of Colonies a reso-
lution of September 29, 1936, prohibiting the importation of foreign
alcohol and that all that would be necessary would be for the Ministry
of Colonies to give its consent. The Ministry of Colonies, however,
states that at the same time as the foregoing resolution was submitted
it was understood between the Administrative Council and the Admin-
istrator of St. Pierre that the present bonding system would be sup-
pressed. The Ministry of Colonies, therefore, takes the position that
if they are now to maintain in effect the present bonding system they
cannot, in view of the foregoing understanding, approve the resolu-
tion which would prohibit the importation of foreign alcohol. The
Ministry of Colonies furthermore states that so long as the decree of
April 9, 1935, governing exportations is in effect, there is no necessity
for prohibiting foreign alcohols.
  Inasmuch as the present bonding system is to remain in force, the
French Government, instead of issuing a decree prohibiting the manu-
facture of alcohol in the islands, renews to us through the Foreign
Office its assurances that the manufacture of alcohol in the islands,
in fact, will not be permitted.
  I should appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.
                                                          BuLLrrr
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