The Acting Secretary of State to the Swiss Minister ( Sulzer )

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of December 2, 1918, in which, by direction of your Government, you transmitted a communication from the German Government proposing that a neutral commission be appointed to probe the responsibility for the War.

In reply I beg to inform you that the Government of the United States does not consider that the German note requires a reply as the responsibility of Germany for the war has already been established.

Accept [etc.]

William Phillips