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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)

Italy,   pp. 435-506 PDF (27.1 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
1938 although it was possible that some would remain in effect there-
after either in their present form or with modifications. He added
that as negotiations to this end were now going on, any information
which Italy might submit in response to the Department's inquiry
would probably be out of date by the time it reached the Department.
  Article 20. The Italian comment on this article reads as follows:
"Up to the present there has been no discussion of the extension of
the treaty to the colonies. If the question is raised by the American
Government it will have to be subjected to study. In every particular
it should be pointed out in a preliminary way that the extension of the
treaty to the colonies would have to be governed by special regula-
tions as a full extension of the treaty to the colonies is impossible."
In
explanation of this statement Giannini observed that the provisions
of no general commercial treaty could be extended to the Italian colo-
nies until after certain measures had been determined upon and put
into effect. He mentioned specifically in this connection the matter of
fixing import contingents for the colonies and certain restrictions ap-
plying even to the activities of Italians in the colonies which were still
being studied.
  Articles 21 and 22 accepted without change.
  Copy of memorandum will be forwarded by tomorrow's pouch.28
                                                             REED
711.652/110: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to the Ambassador ion Italy (Phillips)
                            WASHINGTON, October 19, 1937-5 p. m.
  168. Your 425, September 23, 1937, and Reber's memorandum of
conversation with Matoli,29 August 30, 1937.''
  1. You should inform the Italian authorities that we are gratified
with the progress thus far made in these negotiations and appreciative
of the spirit of cooperation shown by the Italian Government. You
should say further that this Government is prepared to cooperate to
the end that the treaty may be signed and the provisions of Article
VIII be brought into operation at an early date; and thereafter to
begin discussions concerning the basis for a trade agreement.
  2. An outstanding question to be settled before treaty negotiations
can be concluded or, in any case, before trade-agreement negotiations
can be formally instituted, is that presented by the Italian proposal
2 The memorandum was transmitted to the Department by the Chargd in his
despatch No. 579, September 24; neither printed.
29 Of the Commercial Section of the Italian Foreign Office.
" Not printed.
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