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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)

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)


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do so promises to save substantial amounts of time without substan-
tial increase in your normal expenditure for tolls.
  The Department expects shortly to send to you, likewise for pro-
posal to the Liberian Government, the draft of a consular convention
between the United States and Liberia. It is desired that the con-
sular relations between the two countries shall also be regulated by
modern and comprehensive treaty provisions.
  Very truly yours,                                CORDELL Hum
                           [Enclosure 1]
       Draft of Proposed Note to the Libernan Government
  ExcEujySNcY: Acting on instructions from my Government I have
the honor to recall to your Excellency that nearly seventy-five years
have elapsed since the existing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation
between the United States and the Republic of Liberia was negoti-
ated and signed in London. This has been a period marked by great
advances in communications and transportation and by far-reaching
developments in international trade throughout the world which have
affected our two nations.
  During the World War and particularly in the unhappy years of
world depression, innumerable obstacles to commerce were devised by
many countries which have not failed to have a harmful effect on the
normal flow of international commerce. My Government recogniz-
ing the seriousness of the situation has therefore from time to time
during recent years re-examined the Treaties of Commerce and Navi-
gation between the United States and other countries with a view to
modernizing its international economic relationships and thus con-
tributing to a freer and more mutually profitable trade between
nations.
  While trade between the United States and Liberia fortunately is
relatively free from the more acute problems, my Government never-
theless feels that the Treaty signed October 21, 1862, is no longer ade-
quate to meet the needs of its parties. For example, Articles IV and
VI of the Treaty in providing for expressly conditional most-favored-
nations treatment in customs matters are not in harmony with the
present policy of the Government of the United States, or it is be-
lieved, with modern enlightened international practice.
  For these and other reasons, my Government has instructed me
to communicate to Your Excellency the enclosed copy of a draft
treaty on the basis of which it desires to negotiate, if agreeable to
the Government of Liberia, an entirely new treaty of friendship,
  Presented to the Liberian Secretary of State, July 19, 1937.
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LIBERIA


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