The Chargé at Tangier (Childs) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 24.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch no. 928 of July 29, 1942 concerning a claim asserted by the Spanish authorities in Chargé of the Moroccan Customs of their right to open official packages addressed to the American Legation, and to transmit herewith a copy of a note dated August 11, 1942 together with a translation, which I have received from General Uriarte, Delegate in Tangier of the Spanish High Commissioner, in reply to my last communication on this subject.
I likewise enclose a copy of my reply. I believe the Department will find the enclosed correspondence self-explanatory. It will be noted that General Uriarte has stated that the question is being submitted to the Madrid government “for the purpose of eliciting the rule to be followed in practice”.
My British colleague has shown me the text of a practically identical note dated August 11, 1942, which he has received from General Uriarte. In transmitting it to his Foreign Office he comments on it as follows:
“It remains to be seen what decision is taken by the Spanish authorities in Madrid with regard to the question of the interpretation of the Treaties in question. Meanwhile, however, articles of various kinds, which have been addressed to me officially and privately, are accumulating in the go-downs of the Tangier port, and unless I can receive a reply fairly soon from the Spanish authorities, I shall be obliged to permit the authorities to examine the said articles, but under full reserves, and pending a final decision of the question at issue.”
A copy of this despatch is being communicated to our Embassy in Madrid and it is suggested that the Department may find it desirable to indicate its own views on this subject to the Embassy.