The Swiss Minister ( Sulzer ) to the Secretary of State

Sir: By direction of my Government, I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency the following communication from the German Government:15

“Unless economic considerations are heeded, every additional day of the overhurried evacuation imposed by the armistice threatens disastrous effects not only for Germany (and particularly her territories on the left side of the Rhine), but above all for Luxemburg.

The German Government therefore urgently requests that experts in economics and in railroad technicalities be delegated as soon as possible to the Armistice Commission at Spa, as otherwise economic injuries might occur which could not subsequently be repaired.

(Signed) Solf,
Secretary of State in the Foreign Office.”

Accept [etc.]

Hans Sulzer
  1. The following is a translation of the German text quoted by the Minister.