800.51 W 89 Latvia/7: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (Coleman)

31. Please present a note to the Latvian Foreign Office substantially as follows:

“The Government of the United States is informed that on June 26, 1923, a statement was made in the British House of Commons on behalf of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the effect that interest is being received by Great Britain in cash on relief loans to certain European Governments including the Government of Latvia.

As my Government has considered that it has been definitely understood that the United States should stand with respect to payments on account of relief obligations given by the Government of Latvia in as favorable a position as any other government holding [Page 273] obligations evidencing advances for similar purposes, I have the honor to inquire whether payments have been and are being made to the Government of Great Britain on obligations similar to the above, and, if so, when the Government of the United States may expect to receive, on account of obligations of the Government of Latvia held by the United States in the aggregate principal amount $5,132,287.14, payments corresponding to those made to Great Britain.”

Also address similar notes to the foreign offices of Esthonia and Lithuania substituting the following figures for the Government of Esthonia $13,999,145.60; for the Government of Lithuania $4,981,628.03.