The Secretary of State to Ambassador Riddle.


(Minister to Belgium reports Belgium will not object to proposal for adherence nonsignatories when assent of all signatories is given. Department understands Turkey, although signatory, has not ratified conventions of 1899 and is not represented in permanent court. Mr. Riddle is directed to inquire if, under these circumstances, Turkey is to be treated as a party to The Hague engagements on the same footing as the signatories who have consummated the conventions. He is also to make inquiry when announcement of date of the Second Conference may be expected.)