760c.60f/34a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Wallace)


1284. The Department feels that some ill feeling may be caused if Italy and Japan are not included among the Governments to choose the Commission that I proposed in telegram 1278, as we now understand that they were represented on the Teschen Commission. … You may therefore suggest as indicated that the Commission be composed of five members, who will select as president of the Commission one of themselves. You may suggest that the Commission be also the commission to delimit the frontier on the spot, but that, in view of the nature of the territory to be delimited, it have larger discretionary powers than such a body is usually allowed.

To separate the Teschen question from the solution of the general coal question in Central Europe is extremely difficult, especially as regards Upper Silesia. The amount of coal that the Poles should be granted from Teschen would be influenced by the amount that they receive from Upper Silesia; until the determination of the plebiscite in Upper Silesia, no final definition of coal deliveries to Poland should be reached.