711.922/102: Telegram

The Minister in Siam (Neville) to the Secretary of State

32. Department’s 24, November 1, 6 p.m. Siamese accept first sentence of Department’s immovable property clause as it stands. [Page 876]They accept second sentence in substance if we can agree to the following wording to be placed in final protocol.

“It is understood that the applicable laws of the situs of immovable property as used in article 1 shall in reference to the nationals of Siam be understood and construed to mean the laws applicable to immovable property of the state, territory or possession of the United States of America in which such immovable property is situate; and nothing in the said article shall be construed to change, affect or abrogate the laws applicable to immovable property of any state, territory or possession of the United States of America.”

The Siamese will accept the following as paragraph 8 article 1: “However, it is expressly agreed that the nationals of the United States of America, including corporations, partnerships and associations, who are legal residents of or are organized under the laws of any state, territory or possession of the United States of America which accords to nationals of Siam the right to acquire, possess and dispose of immovable property in Siam.27”; or the following as a subsequent paragraph in the protocol “it is expressly agreed that the nationals of the United States of America, including corporations, partnerships and associations, who are legal residents of or are organized under the laws of any state, territory or possession of the United States of America which accords to nationals of Siam the right to acquire, possess and dispose of immovable property in Siam [sic]”.

Neville
  1. With regard to apparent omission here, see telegram No. 29, November 4, 1 p.m., to the Minister in Siam, p. 877.