611.5431/96: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Switzerland (Williamson)

67. Department has been informed that a number of Swiss business interests are planning to come to this country for the Swiss hearings on December 17. If true such a plan is based on a misconception of the purpose of the hearings which is primarily to enable American interests which feel that they may be affected by the proposed treaty to make suggestions, arguments or requests prior to the culmination of the actual negotiations. We feel it would be a mistake for foreign interests as such to make statements at these public hearings as it might well awaken resentment in this country. American importers of Swiss products may, and undoubtedly will present statements. Please take this matter up informally with appropriate Swiss authorities.