711.60c9Liquor/17

The Secretary of State to the Polish Ambassador ( Filipowicz )

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of May 14, 1930, in which you inform me that the Polish Government desires to conclude a convention with the Government of the United States to aid in the prevention of the smuggling of intoxicating liquors into the United States. Reference is also made to a conference which took place on June 4, 1930, between the Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy and officers of the Department.

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I take pleasure in informing you that this Government will be happy to enter into the treaty which you propose, and the draft text4 which accompanied your note is acceptable to this Government with a few verbal changes, as indicated by the draft which I am sending you herewith.4

It will be noted that, in accordance with Article V of the draft treaty, the two Governments reserve the right, three months before the expiration of one year from the date of the exchange of ratifications, to propose modifications in the terms of the treaty.

The desirability of a revision of the treaties of the United States for the prevention of the smuggling of intoxicating liquors is at present the subject of careful consideration by several of the Departments of this Government. Accordingly, it must be considered as not unlikely that the Government of the United States will take advantage of the foregoing provision of Article V at the appropriate time.

I assume that you will furnish the Department of State with the Polish text at your early convenience.

Accept [etc.]

H. L. Stimson
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