611.6731/538: Telegram

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

21. From Trade Agreement Delegation.

1.
Department’s 15, March 24, 6 p.m. Turks have agreed to retention of prune items without a tariff quota.
2.
Department’s 4, January 19, 7 p.m. Turks have agreed to omit Balkan clause.

Turks have agreed to all changes considered either necessary or desirable by the Department except that relating to radios.

With regard to latter we desire to point out that Turkish Government has for some years in its agreements with Germany granted larger tariff reductions on radio parts than on assembled sets. If we omit the radio parts item the conventional rate of duty on parts will still be less than rate on assembled sets. Principal Turkish distributors of American radios believe larger reduction on parts will not affect adversely imports of assembled sets.

[Here follows detailed list of schedule changes.]

MacMurray