660C.116/199: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Poland (Cudahy)

96. Embassy’s No. 141, December 3, 5 p.m. Department desires you to seek an early interview with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and [Page 546] to take up with him the application of the direct shipment requirement to commodities of American origin, with particular reference to raw cotton.

You should state that your Government considers the application of this requirement to be in direct violation of the ninth paragraph of Article 6 of the treaty of June 15, 1931, with Poland (which you should cite), and that in view of the unambiguous language of the treaty it is at a loss to understand the action of the Polish Government in imposing the direct shipment requirement upon articles of American origin. You should say that your Government expects that the Polish Government will promptly take steps to accord to merchandise of American origin which enters Poland by an indirect route the treatment to which it is entitled under the provisions of the treaty.

Please report briefly by cable and fully by despatch the result of your representations.