884.512 Consumption/41: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Ethiopia (Southard)


22. Your mail despatch No. 776, August 1. The Department perceives no reason, from the information available, to alter its instruction in telegram 8, May 7, 4 p.m.

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The plan which the American financial adviser in Ethiopia suggested in his memorandum23 (see enclosure in your despatch No. 789, August 1524) is considered by the Department to offer a reasonable basis for discussion. A plan such as this would be acceptable to the American Government on condition that suitable assurances are given by Ethiopia that Article 7 of the Klobukowsky Treaty of 1908 be continued in force, either in its present form or after amendment in agreement with the Powers interested, for a definite term of years not to be less than 10.

  1. Namely, repeal of the excise taxes by Ethiopia on condition that the powers amend article 3 of the Franco-Ethiopian treaty so as to accord Ethiopia freedom of action in customs matters.
  2. Not printed.