711.652/93: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State

256. Department’s instruction No. 56 of March 17, 1937, and telegram No. 73, May 1, 11 a.m. The Director of Commercial Affairs of the Foreign Office has handed me a memorandum concerning article 8, of which the following is a translation:

  • “1. There is no objection to the acceptance of the American text of article 8 except that at the end of the first sub-paragraph of the paragraph relating to exchange regulations the following addition is proposed ‘which are not applied to third countries’.
  • 2. The text of the other articles of the agreement must be examined as a whole before a final reply can be given.
  • 3. As regards article 21 it is desired to maintain the period of 6 months for the suspension of the provisions of article 8.
  • 4. According to the agreements of the Stresa Conference,11 Poland, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria are included as Danubian countries.
  • 5. It will be necessary to receive some indication as to the views of the American Government concerning the supplementary protocol.

There would, however, be no objection to its signature at a later date subsequent to the signature of the principal agreement.”

Giannini12 again stressed the hope that it would be possible to receive the Department’s comments on the remaining articles as soon as possible in order that the treaty may be signed in time to be submitted to Congress before its adjournment. He also emphasized the importance which the Italians attached to their proposals for a trade agreement and stated he hoped it would be possible to learn whether they were considered suitable as a basis for further discussions.

When may I expect to receive remaining articles of the treaty?

  1. See British Cmd. 4880, Misc. No. 2 (1935): Joint Resolution of the Stresa Conference, including the Anglo-Italian Declaration and the Final Declaration, Stresa, April 14, 1935.
  2. A. Giannini, Director of Commercial Affairs of the Italian Foreign Office.