611.60 f 31/21
The Chargé in Czechoslovakia ( Pearson ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 6, 1925.]
Sir: Referring to the Department’s instruction No. 212 of October 13, 19242 directing the Legation to take steps with a view to renewing indefinitely the commercial agreement concluded October 29, 1923, between the United States and this country,3 and to the Legation’s telegram No. 48, December 5, 4 p.m.,2 stating that it had been renewed “until the conclusion of a definitive treaty of commerce”, I have the honor to transmit herewith a translation and copies of the Foreign Office Note on this subject, as well as copies of my own. In this connection I venture to observe that the interested Czechoslovak authorities objected to renewing the treaty “indefinitely” on the ground that the use of this word might seem to imply unwillingness on the part of the United States to conclude, eventually, a definitive treaty of commerce; and that in view of the Department’s desire to renew the existing agreement for an indefinite period and of its wish to negotiate a comprehensive commercial treaty with this country, it seemed more desirable to prolong the agreement at once, for what is in effect an indefinite period, than, through insistence upon the use of the word “indefinitely”, to incur the risk, which the prospective absence of the competent Foreign Office officials appreciably increased, that the actual agreement expire before renewal with consequent injury to American interests.
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