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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

Greece,   pp. 406-434 PDF (11.0 MB)

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the end that the system of control, often troublesome, which it has
been forced to apply to trade, should be applied in such a manner as to
avoid, as much as was practicably possible, its resulting in a disadvan-
tageous treatment of American trade; and the more because it rec-
ognizes that the relations of close friendship which have always
existed between the great American Nation and Greece have always
been, for the latter, a source of profit.
  The Greek Government is consequently moved by a desire to see
that the system of quotas in force in Greece should not operate in a
discriminatory manner with respect to American interests. The Royal
Government would even be happy to see American imports into
Greece increase to the full extent that the Government of the United
States should find the means, on its part, to assure an outlet for a num-
ber of Greek products which are at present directed toward coun-
tries practicing a policy of restriction of payments and which compel
it, by that very fact, to have recourse to their markets to a greater
extent than it would have wished, in order to guard against an ac-
cumulation of blocked credits.
  Thus the Hellenic Government is disposed to consider all means
which in the actual circumstances would be of a nature to eliminate
as much as possible the inconveniences resulting from the exceptional
conditions to which trade is subjected and to favor its development
between the United States and Greece. Therefore, it is ready to un-
dertake the necessary negotiations for the conclusion of an agreement
to replace the provisional agreement resulting from the exchange of
notes dated December 9, 1924, at present in force.
  Please accept [etc.]                                J. METAXAS
    The Charge in Greece (Shantz) to the Secretary of State
No. 1892                                ATHENS, October 4, 1937.
                                            [Received October 19.]
  SnI: I have the honor to refer to the Legation's despatch No. 1876 of
September 20, 1937, transmitting the Greek Government's reply to
the Legation's note proposing a Modwe Vivendi to replace the exchange
of notes of December 9, 1924.
  On October 2, 1937, I called upon Mr. A. Argyropoulos, Director
of Conventions and Commerce at the Foreign Office, who is the officer
mainly responsible for negotiating trade agreements, and asked him
for the Greek Government's views on the specific provisions of the
draft Modus Vivendi, since this subject was not covered in the Gov-
ernment's reply to the Legation's note.
  Mr. Argyropoulos answered by reiterating the difficulties of Greece's
position and the anxiety of Greece to have all the freedom of trade

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