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

51. Because of Labor Day holiday, it has been decided to extend the time for written statements from September 16 to September 27 and for opening of hearings from October 2 to October 9. These changes in dates were announced August 22.

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We therefore expect to be able to make definitive offers of concessions about October 1.6. Meanwhile, we are preparing a reply to the Belgian counter-proposal of general provisions of April 11, 1939, with a text adapted for inclusion in a new trade agreement. This will be mailed in a few days. We also will prepare as soon as possible a tentative list of requests for concessions by Belgium, which will be subject to revision about October 16.

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