The Minister in Rumania ( Culbertson ) to the Secretary of State

No. 138

Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 6 dated February 14 [13], 1926, I have the honor to report that I have supplemented my former Note to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on embatic lands (copy transmitted with my despatch No. 108 of January 9, 1926) by another Note, a copy and translation of which I transmit herewith. I emphasized orally to the Minister for Foreign Affairs the Department’s views on this subject. He said that the Minister of Agriculture and Domains and the Minister of Industry and Commerce were discussing the matter and that he expected to be able to hand me a satisfactory reply within a few days.

Referring to the last paragraph of the Department’s telegram No. 6 of February 14th [13th] last, I have the honor to transmit herewith: (1) translations of those sections of the constitution (an English translation of which was transmitted with this Legation’s despatch No. 404 of May 14, 1925 [1923]) and of the laws of Rumania relating to embatic lands (the entire text of the Law for Agrarian Reform of July 17, 1921, was transmitted to the Department with the Legation’s Despatch No. 617 of June 9, 1924, regarding the Agrarian Expropriation Law in Bessarabia);3 (2) a translation of the decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice;3a (3) Original and translation of the proposed amendment to the Agrarian Expropriation Law, to which we have made objections.3a

There is no change in the status of the proposed amendment as reported in my despatch No. 108 mentioned above. Parliament, owing to the Communal elections now taking place is not in session; but in all probability it will meet and the Chamber of Deputies will take action on this bill before the end of the month.

I have [etc.]

W. S. Culbertson
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The American Minister ( Culbertson ) to the Rumanian Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Duca )

No. 13

Mr. Minister: Referring to this Legation’s Note No. 152 of January 6th last,4 addressed to Your Excellency relative to the bill-of-law regarding the so-called “embatic” lands, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that I am now instructed to supplement the representations made in that Note by the statement that my Government would view with concern any action on the part of the Rumanian authorities that would prejudice American interests in subsoil rights acquired in good faith and in accordance with the law of Rumania.

I avail myself [etc.]

W. S. Culbertson
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  4. Ante, p. 902.