The Minister in Greece ( MacVeagh ) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 27.]
Sir: In reference to my telegram No. 93 of May 26, and the Department’s telegraphic reply, No. 108 of June 5, 1939, concerning the obligation recently placed upon foreign residents in Greece to convert their earnings into drachmas, I have the honor to report that I saw Mr. Mavroudis, the Under Minister for Foreign Affairs, this morning, and placed the matter before him in the manner indicated by the Department. On leaving, I handed him the enclosed Aide-Mémoire.
Mr. Mavroudis appeared to understand and sympathize with the attitude expressed, and promised to bring the Aide-Mémoire promptly to the attention of the Minister of Finance and other responsible authorities. He expressed doubt as to whether the law could be amended, but thought that some way could be found to accommodate our point of view.
I am informing my colleagues here of my action and believe that it will soon be supported by similar representations on their part. But in view of the urgency of the matter, and the Department’s permission to act separately, it seemed best not to risk the possible delays attendant on strictly parallel action.