611.5531/782: Telegram

The Chargé in Belgium ( Wilson ) to the Secretary of State

91. For Culbertson. Your letter of July 8.10 I am informed that Belgian authorities consider that word “generally” contained in Department’s [Page 429] memorandum of May 19 to Belgian Ambassador permits them to incorporate in list of items now in preparation certain articles of which Belgium is not the principal or an important supplier in the expectation that concessions which may be obtained in negotiations will materially increase exports of these items and bring them within above-mentioned categories. In order to determine which these articles shall be, questionnaire is being addressed to Belgian industrialists who must send in their replies by September 1. It is expected that list can be forwarded to Washington by September 15.

Understand that complete information has been sent to De Gruben for transmission to Department. Letter follows.

  1. Not found in Department files.