481.11/128: Telegram

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

4. Your 8, May 27, noon. You should inform the French Resident General in reply to his note that this Government cannot see any justification for the long continued delay in the settlement of claims involving relatively small amounts and the merits of which have been generally admitted by the French Protectorate authorities. This Government is therefore unable to understand why any further delay should be contemplated in effecting settlement of the claims.

You should add that in any case this Government cannot admit that the settlement of these claims should be made dependent upon or subordinated to the conclusion of the proposed draft treaties between the United States and France concerning French Morocco.

Foregoing has been communicated to the Embassy at Paris which has been requested in its discretion to bring it to the attention of the Foreign Office. Please forward to Embassy by air mail a copy of your telegram under reference if you have not already done so.