862i.73/59

The Secretary of State to the German Ambassador ( Maltzan )

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note dated November 13, 1925, in which you refer to the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles whereby Germany renounced her rights in favor of the Allied and Associated Powers to the Yap–Shanghai, Yap–Guam, and Yap–Menado cables which formerly belonged to the German-Dutch Telegraph Company. You state that negotiations are going on at the present time with a view to renewing an agreement entered into between the German-Dutch Telegraph Company and its Dutch creditors and that a consolidation of the Company can only be attained if the transfer of the Yap–Menado cable takes place in the near future. You set forth the desire of the German Government to have the Yap–Menado cable transferred to the Dutch Government and request information concerning the present status of the matter.

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As this matter is of interest to the Allied and Associated Powers on account of their rights in the Yap–Menado cable, I should be pleased to bring the matter to their attention if you so desire. I should appreciate it if you would inform me whether you would have any objection to my transmitting a copy of your note to the interested governments for their consideration in connection with any further action that may be taken respecting this cable.21

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Robert E. Olds
  1. On December 5 the Department was informed that there was no objection.