File No. 811.203/32

The Belgian Minister ( De Cartier) to the Secretary of State


Mr. Secretary of State: By note of July 5 last Your Excellency was pleased to inform me that the President of the United States, in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of that country, had authorized Your Excellency to propose to me a settlement, by an exchange of notes, of the question of penal military jurisdiction over the Belgian and American Armies jointly participating in the present war.

Your Excellency was pleased to reproduce in that note the terms of the contemplated arrangement, the French text of which is as follows:

[Here follows the French version of the English text quoted in note of July 5, ante, page 747.]

Duly authorized thereto by my Government, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the terms of the aforesaid note are accepted by it and that the provisions therein contained are in consequence executory from this moment.1

My Government proposes immediately to publish, to that end, the notes thus exchanged, in the Moniteur Belge.

I avail myself [etc.]

E. de Cartier
  1. The two Governments agreed in 1933 that the arrangement of Sept. 6, 1918, was no longer binding. (Belgian note of Feb. 18, 1933; instruction of Apr. 6, 1933, to the Chargé in Belgium. File No. 811.203/93.)