The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Peru (Dearing)

No. 946

Sir: Reference is made to your telegram No. 57, of October 26 last, and previous correspondence in regard to the recently signed commercial agreement between Peru and Great Britain.

The Department encloses a draft note concerning this subject and requests that you communicate its contents to the Peruvian Government.

If the information is now available, the Department would like to know whether the secret supplementary agreements discussed during the negotiations for the commercial agreement were finally executed and whether they are now in force.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Francis B. Sayre

Draft of a Note To Be Presented to the Peruvian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Excellency: I have the honor to state to Your Excellency upon instruction that my Government, having been informed of the conclusion of a commercial agreement between Peru and Great Britain and of the coming into force of Articles IV and V in accordance with the first protocol annexed to the agreement, assumes that imports into Peru of goods from the United States will be granted the benefits accorded those of British merchandise, as otherwise it would have no course other than to regard the operation of the agreement as discriminatory. In this connection, I am directed again to invite the attention of Your Excellency’s Government to the practice, established by law, of my Government in generalizing for the benefit of other countries concessions granted in trade agreements, with the single exception of the agreement made with Cuba, provided that discrimination is not made against the commerce of the United States.