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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. General; The United Nations

United States interest in international economic collaboration for the expansion of world trade and employment: negotiations at Geneva leading to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and to the convening of the Havana conference,   pp. 909-1025 PDF (44.4 MB)

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  The views of Mr. Clayton and the Delegation at Geneva must be
obtained before a reply is made to the British letter. On the basis of
the considerations outlined above, our tentative position ought to be
as follows:
  1. We ought to resist as strongly as possible the attempt to delay
the coming into force of the General Agreement or the Charter.
  2. Instead of permitting the British to use the Geneva negotiations
-as a bargaining point in support of their requests for assistance, we
ought to reverse the position and press for the successful conclusion
,of the Geneva negotiations, including our desiderata with respect to
preferences, and the early entry into force of the General Agreement,
as a prerequisite to our assistance program, or at least as a pre-
requisite to our concurrence in any relaxation of the nondiscrimination
commitments in the Financial Agreement. Such insistence will not be
unreasonable in view of the many concessions we are making to the
British point of view, and in view of our belief that neither the Charter
nor the General Agreement will prevent any necessary British import
or exchange control measures.
  3. We should be as liberal as possible under the Loan Agreement
and Monetary Fund Agreement in allowing the United Kingdom to
discriminate wherever it will assist in resolving their dollar shortage.
If they can demonstrate, which I doubt, that the Charter or General
Trade Agreement prevent them from taking action which would ma-
terially assist them in meeting their balance-of-payments difficulties,
I would advocate broader exceptions in preference to postponement of
the effective date.
560.AL/8-147: Telegram
    The Consul in Geneva (Troutman) to the Secretary of State
SECRET                            GENEVA, August 1, 1947-6 p. m.
  800. For Lovett and Nitze from Clayton. Absolutely essential I
have authority act wool tariff tomorrow morning as fear cannot hold
Dominion Cabinet members here longer. Have been trying telephone
you all day to urge Secretary himself go to President this afternoon,
but line out of order. Am still trying to phone. [Clayton.]

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