The Minister in Yugoslavia (Prince) to the Secretary of State

No. 1558

Sir: With reference to my despatch No. 1419 of August 8, 1932, and to previous correspondence concerning the so-called Standard Oil Company case, I have the honor to enclose for the information of the Department my last note to the Foreign Office on the subject, dated February 3, 1933. This communication was addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the request of the Company, and any developments in the situation will be promptly reported to the Department.6

Respectfully yours,

John Dyneley Prince

The American Minister (Prince) to the Yugoslav Minister for Foreign Affairs (Yeftich)

Excellency: I have the honor to invite Your Excellency’s urgent attention to my notes of June 7th, and June 22nd, 1932, and to previous prolonged correspondence concerning the case of the Standard Oil Company of New York. In the first note under reference, I requested a declaration for transmission to my Government showing precisely the viewpoint of the Royal Government as regards the position [Page 617] of the Standard Oil Company in Yugoslavia; in the second note referred to I pointed out the importance which my Government places upon the issuance of an early decision in the matter and again requested that this case be considered as of great urgency.

As Your Excellency is aware, although six months have elapsed since the despatch of the last comunication from this Legation, I have as yet not even received a reply thereto and am accordingly forced to request you personally to issue instructions that a reply be addressed to me in the matter, and that a declaration, as requested by me in June, be transmitted to me which will show precisely the viewpoint of the Royal Government as regards the position of this American Company in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

In making this request, in the most urgent terms possible, allow me to assure Your Excellency that I have not failed to take into consideration all of the questions involved which make it difficult for Your Excellency to arrive at a decision in the matter. It would appear, however, that a sufficient time has elapsed and that sufficient study has been devoted to the matter now to allow the Royal Government to decide the question definitely and to communicate its decision to me without further delay.

Accept [etc.]

John Dyneley Prince
  1. Apparently no reply was received to the Minister’s note of February 3, 1933.