660f.116Auto/10: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Czechoslovakia (Gittings)

13. (1) Department construes first sentence of your 26, March 28, 4 p.m., as meaning that total licenses for this year will at least equal those granted in preceding years, which were according to your 23 March 24, 4 p.m.,39 1500 in 1927 and 1600 in 1926, and that this arrangement supersedes the 1000 indicated in the last sentence of your 23, March 24, 4 p.m.

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(2) You should inquire of Minister of Commerce whether his statement means that not less than 1600 licenses will be granted for current year. It may be well before mentioning matter to Minister of Commerce to verify above figures. You should also inquire concerning contemplated quotas for remainder of year, and express hope for reasons set forth in Department’s 11, March 24, 6 p.m., that in allotting quotas special care be taken to conform to seasonal requirements of dealers.

(3) Your 27, March 28, 5 p.m. Department notes your suggestion concerning inadvisability of further insistence at this time on larger contingent. However, it is important that you should carefully avoid any commitment as to acceptability of present quota.

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