The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Wallace)83

No. 681

Sir: There is transmitted to you herewith a copy of the note of this Government, addressed to Earl Curzon, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, under date of November 20th,84 in which the theory of mandates, as evolved and applied by the League of Nations, is discussed, and in which the views of this Government in favor of equality of right and opportunity in the mandated areas are fully set forth.

You are instructed to deliver the enclosed copy of the note of this Government to the French Foreign Office, and to request at its early convenience an interpretation by the French Government of the provisions of the agreement between Great Britain, Italy, and France, signed at Sèvres on August 10, 1920, relating to the creation of spheres of “special interest” in Anatolia, in the light of the American note to the British Government above referred to.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Norman H. Davis
  1. A similar instruction was sent to the Ambassador in Italy on Dec. 2 (file no. 800.6363/216b).
  2. Supra.