800.51W89 Estonia/63: Telegram

The Chargé in Estonia (Carlson) to the Secretary of State

1. With reference to the Department’s telegram May 16, 11 a.m., Estonian Foreign Minister30 gave me a memorandum at noon today with the following contents:

“Estonian Government regrets inability to authorize Vice Consul, New York to sign on May 25 agreement legalizing 1-year postponement debt payments. The Government must first investigate its ability to pay since because of the present unfavorable economic conditions it does not dare to undertake new obligations without having funds in sight with which to make payments thereof. The Minister for Foreign Affairs would appreciate prolongation of the time for the signature of the above agreement until the Government has ascertained that funds are available to make payments by order therein.”

The Foreign Office informed me above investigation was under way and that the results thereof would be available in the near future.

  1. Jaan Tönisson.