Minister Hill to the Secretary of State.
The Hague Netherlands, June 12, 1906.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith, in duplicate, a copy of a bill now before the States-General, together with a translation of the same, whereby the Netherlands Government seeks the sanction [Page 1638] of the legislature to the conclusion of treaties which will facilitate the admission to the Second Peace Conference of such powers as were not represented at the First Peace Conference in 1899.
It will be observed from the minister for foreign affairs’ explanatory statement in connection with this bill that the reasons for this measure are based on the invitation of other than the signatory powers of The Hague conventions of 1899 to the Second Peace Conference and proposals that the representatives of such additional powers shall immediately upon the signing of a treaty relating to the matter in question be allowed to participate in the deliberations of the conference.
I forward the above-mentioned copy of the bill, together with the minister for foreign affairs’ reasoning on the same, as an indication of the preliminary steps taken by Her Majesty’s Government toward the realization of the Second Peace Conference, and hence of possible interest to the department.
In this regard it may likewise be of interest to the department to know that the Netherlands Government has asked for a special appropriation to meet the expenses of the Government in connection with the entertainment of the delegates to the Second Peace Conference.
I have, etc.,