711.652/122: Telegram

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

485. Department’s telegram November 22, 8 p.m. Inasmuch as the negotiations for the abolition of preferences granted by Italy to Danubian countries have now reached a stage which will enable the Italian authorities to furnish information concerning such minor preferences as will remain in effect after December 31st the Foreign Office feels there will be no reason to delay the negotiations on this account and is now preparing an aide-mémoire setting forth the information desired by the Department concerning the extent of the preferences which will remain in force.

Under these circumstances may I urge that instructions concerning any other points which may still be at issue be prepared in order that as soon as the information concerning preferences is furnished negotiations may be resumed and the treaty signed if possible before December 15th.