File No. 763.72/13361

The Diplomatic Liaison Officer with the Supreme War Council ( Frazier) to the Secretary of State


70. Referring my No. 69. Resolution was withdrawn by Mr. Lloyd George as Italian representatives insisted upon retaining the naval command in the Adriatic. After two hours of debate the French and British representatives decided that further discussion was useless as the Italians could not be induced to make a definite proposal to enable naval unity of command to become a reality. I ascertained privately after the session that Mr. Lloyd George intends to bring the matter up again. Throughout the discussion there was the most perfect unity of opinion between the French and British representatives. After exhausting every means to reach an agreement both M. Clemenceau and Mr. Lloyd George lost patience with the intransigent attitude of the Italians and some rather acrimonious comments were exchanged.