611.60 p 31/19: Telegram

The Minister in Latvia (Coleman) to the Secretary of State

68. Your 39, August 4, 3 p.m. In view of the difficulties mentioned in the Legation’s despatch number 2399, of September 25th9 and telegram 152, of September 23, 2 p.m., 1924, would respectfully suggest that, as an inducement in case Foreign Minister agrees to [Page 495] sign provisional agreement, negotiations may be immediately renewed on formal commercial treaty or else that I be informed what are obstacles on the part of the Department to concluding a treaty if Lettish Foreign Office considers that treaty can be negotiated and signed the same time, necessary to submit exchange of notes and ratification by Cabinet and Parliament (see telegram 151 September 20th). Refusal to renew treaty negotiations would be embarrassing in view of previous unsuccessful efforts for such exchange, especially since ratification by United States Senate of treaty with Germany.10 Awaiting further instructions.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Ratification advised by the Senate, with reservations and understandings, Feb. 10,1925; see Foreign Relations, 1923, vol. ii, pp. 4546.