The Minister in Greece (MacVeagh) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 16.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to despatch No. 2503 dated August 30, 1933, from this Legation, on the proposed extension of the refined oil monopoly to all of Greece.
I now enclose in translation the note from the Foreign Office in answer to the note forwarded by the Chargé d’Affaires relative to this question. While at the first reading, it might appear that activity in this matter had not died down, I am of the opinion that in reality this note is intended to serve no other purpose than a general reservation of its position by the Greek Government. It seems quite definite that the proposed law has been abandoned, at least for the present. Subsequent to the despatch from this office, to which reference is made above, the Prime Minister told the British Chargé d’Affaires that the proposed law had been abandoned on account of the opposition of the governments whose national interests were involved. I have not disclosed to the local manager of the Socony-Vacuum Company the contents of the Foreign Office’s reply, believing that the Department should have the opportunity to inform the head office of the company if it desires to do so.