560.M2/37: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chief of the American Delegation ( Wilson )

5. Your 4, October 18, 10 p.m. As long as there is probability of usefully employing the draft article concerning export duties set forth in Department’s 1, October 17, 5 p.m., Rumanian text, even as revised, would be unsatisfactory because conflicting. Bearing in mind that Rumania employs export duties extensively, at least for revenue purposes, you may consider whether you would care to suggest privately to your Rumanian colleague that in view of the Economic Conference recommendations regarding export duties, he would wish to substitute “import” for “customs” in his revised text. Alternatively, you might allow the present Rumanian text to be adopted tentatively and make the change indicated in case later developments should bring about adoption of article on export duties. Department leaves to your discretion time and manner of your introducing, in [Page 270] the absence of satisfactory similar declaration by another delegate, the addition to Article 1 set forth in its Instruction No. 65, October 6. See Department’s comment, page 2 of that instruction.

Comment on remainder of your telegram follows.