574.D1/7c: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Davis )82

The International Conference to consider all aspects of international methods of communication which was agreed to in principle by the Foreign Ministers of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers at Paris last June [May] will be held as soon as can be arranged. This Government prefers that the conference take place in Washington. The matter has been referred to Congress to get its consent to the convening of the conference. Congress has not yet acted upon the request. You will be informed as soon as the [Page 110] authority has been granted. It will obviously be impossible to hold the conference in October as originally suggested, particularly in view of the objections to that date raised by the British and French Governments. It is not desirable, however, to postpone the conference longer than may be necessary. This is for your information. Similar telegrams have been sent to your colleagues at Paris, Rome and Tokyo.

  1. The same telegram, mutatis mutandis, to the representatives in France, Italy, and Japan.