611.3731/823a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Cuba ( Caffery )

121. Since it will require considerable time to prepare trade agreement for signature, please endeavor to reach understanding first on general provisions, next Schedule I, and finally Schedule II, sending completed texts in each case in duplicate, in English and Spanish, and initialed by Dr. Torriente and yourself.

In view of its length Schedule I might be divided into sections, each section being forwarded as completed and initialed.

This procedure will greatly expedite final preparation of agreement but it is absolutely essential that there be no changes in texts as sent to the Department.

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Before initialing the general provisions, please send Spanish text, as tentatively agreed upon, for approval by the Department.