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The Ambassador in France ( Herrick ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1906

Sir: Reverting to my despatch No. 1652 of March 29, 1922,64 I have the honor to transmit herewith copy and translation of a Note dated May 18th from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs concerning the costs of the American troops of occupation on the Rhine.

I have [etc.]

Myron T. Herrick
[Enclosure—Translation]

The French Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the American Embassy

In reply to the Note from the Embassy of the United States of March 22nd last, relative to the reimbursement of the costs of the American Army of Occupation which formed the subject of a provisional reply from the French Government dated March 28th last,65 the Government of the Republic immediately took this matter under consideration.

Being unable to make any suggestion concerning the final settlement before coming to an agreement with the other interested Allied Governments, the French Government endeavored to bring about an understanding in the shortest possible delay. To this end, it seemed to the French Government expedient to entrust to the representatives of the Allied Governments in Paris the task of proceeding together to an examination of the question. This suggestion appears to be about to meet with the consent of the interested Governments, and, consequently, the French Government intends to call the meeting in question with the briefest delay possible.

During this meeting, the French Government intends to ask its Allies to study with it the question of the reimbursement of the [Page 230] costs of the American army of occupation and endeavor to find the measures susceptible of giving satisfaction to the request made by the Embassy of the United States.

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  2. For the substance of the note of Mar. 28, see telegram no. 139, Mar. 29, 4 p.m., from the Ambassador in France, p. 225.