611.6731/531: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey (MacMurray)

15. Your 18, March 22, 2 p.m. We would greatly prefer not to have a tariff quota on the prune items. Although we do not anticipate [Page 865] any large increase in trade in these items under the proposed reduced rates, we do not wish to have it appear that the trade cannot expand beyond a small figure such as 5,000 Turkish pounds.

You should therefore endeavor again to obtain the assent of the Turks to the retention in Schedule I of the prune items without a tariff quota. If this is not possible, you should endeavor to have the dried prunes item retained without a tariff quota. However, you are authorized, as a final concession in order to expedite the conclusion of the agreement, to drop all of the prune items from Schedule I.