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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)

Switzerland,   pp. 565-582 PDF (6.6 MB)


Page 579


  The Department has given careful attention to Dr. Hotz' reply to
your informal representations on this subject and to your recommenda-
tion, and the bases therefor, contained in the last paragraph of the
despatch under reference. While the Department does not wish to
embarrass the Swiss Government by insisting that the tax be removed
on articles included in Section I of the trade agreement, it cannot view
as other than unsatisfactory the continued imposition of the tax.
  You are accordingly instructed to inform the appropriate Swiss
authorities informally of the Department's disappointment over the
incorporation in the 1938 budget law of a provision for the continua-
tion of the tax -and to express the hope of your Government that the
tax, insofar as it applies to articles included in Section A of Schedule
I
of the trade agreement, will be removed at the earliest possible oppor-
tunity.
  Very truly yours,                   For the Secretary of State:
                                               FRANcIs B. SAYRE
  [No further correspondence of any consequence on this subject has
been found in Department files.]
CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SWITZERLAND
RELATIVE TO MILITARY OBLIGATIONS OF CERTAIN PERSONS
HAVING DUAL NATIONALITY, SIGNED AT BERN, NOVEMBER 11, 1937 29
?11.544/20
The Minister in Switzerland (Wilson) to the Secretary of State
No. 4902                                     BERN, April 6, 1937.
                                             [Received April 17.]
  Sm: I have the honor to invite the Department's attention to in-
struction No. 3399 of February 19, 1936,23 and- other correspondence
respecting a draft of a proposed convention between the United States
and Switzerland relative to military obligations of persons having
dual nationality.
  Inasmuch as there had been a long delay on the part of the Swiss
in replying to our suggested draft, I called on Mr. Bonna, Chief of
the Division of Foreign Affairs, to talk the matter over with him.
I urged him to tell me whether the delay meant that they were dis-
satisfied with the text or whether it meant that they were uninter-
ested in the whole negotiation. Mr. Bonna replied that they were
really interested in achieving something with us.
" For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1935, voL i, pp.
775 ff.
T$Ibid., p. 789.
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SWITZERLAND


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