The Ambassador in Belgium (Morris) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 22.]
Sir: Confirming the Embassy’s telegram No. 57, November 12, 1934, 5 p.m.,14 I have the honor to transmit herewith copies and translations of a Note, dated November 12, 1934, from the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, with four enclosures setting forth the Belgian desiderata in regard to the forthcoming tariff negotiations with the United States.
Mr. de Lantsheere, Chef de Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who handed the Note and its enclosures to a member of my staff, stated that the Belgian Government had included in its request for tariff concessions all articles on which Belgian producers had asked for concessions in the course of the preliminary investigation conducted by the Foreign Office. Mr. de Lantsheere intimated, however, that although the Belgian Government had advanced 87 items on which tariff concessions were sought, his Government would not push most of these requests in the forthcoming negotiations. In view of the number of concessions requested, the Embassy decided to cable to the Department only the most important points in connection with the five concessions stressed by the Belgian Foreign Office in enclosure [Page 82]No. 1 to its Note. In enclosure No. 2,17 the Belgian Government has indicated to a certain extent the relative importance which it attaches to the request for each individual concession. It should be noted in addition that in enclosure No. 1 the Belgian Government reserves to itself the right to present to the American Government both before and during the negotiations additional desiderata which it is not possible to specify definitely at the present time.
In view of the fact that the Note from the Foreign Office was received only 24 hours, approximately, before the closing of the mail for the first fast steamer, the Majestic, the forty-page translation of the Note with its enclosures was necessarily made with great speed, and in the work emphasis has been laid on accuracy rather than on form.