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The Chargé in Greece (Morris) to the Secretary of State

75. Your No. 3, January 12, 6 p.m. I learn from the Minister of Finance that the Greek Government intends to present to Parliament in about 10 days legislation to extend the refined oil monopoly throughout Greece. I have, therefore, requested precise data from the Foreign Office regarding the intentions of the Greek Government pointing out that my Government expects that the Greek Government will foresee the necessity of compensating the American interests involved for any losses which may result from the enactment of this legislation. The British Chargé d’Affaires and I have requested our respective interests to furnish us with detailed information as to the expected amount of loss [Page 549] with a view to presenting the figures formally to the Greek Government before the question reaches Parliament. Telegraph your approval and authorize me to make a formal protest if the development of this question should warrant it.