481.11/132: Telegram

The Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier (Blake) to the Secretary of State

8. With reference to Paris Embassy’s telegram to Department 962, May 17, note has been received from Residency General to take up study of claims by a commission sitting either at Tangier or Rabat at an early date. Note adds, however, “It must be distinctly understood, moreover, that the affairs in question for the moment may only be the subject of previous study and that their definitive settlement will be subordinated to the conclusion of the general agreement which [Page 673] should shortly be arrived at between the Government of the United States and the French Government concerning Morocco”. My letter to Murray of April 10,53 page 2, fifth paragraph and subsequent sets forth reasons for separation of claims and treaty negotiations. I suggest this difference of viewpoint be clarified before any negotiations are engaged in between myself and Residency General. Telegraphic instructions requested indicating the nature of the reply the Department desires me to make to the Residency General.

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