763.72115/3734: Telegram

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

1203. Mission. My 1154, May 14, 11 p.m. Have received note from my British colleague informing me that his Government consider question is one for settlement by Austrian, Hungarian and Russian Governments. British Government understand that whilst the Austrian Government are anxious to be rid of the prisoners, the Hungarian Government cannot demand their surrender as there is no extradition treaty between Austria and Hungary and that Russian Government cannot demand them as they are not Russian subjects. [Page 673] British Government consider[s] that it has no right to interfere and has no intention of doing so. It supports Derby’s64 view that the question is outside the competence of the Ambassadors Conference.

  1. The Earl of Derby, British Ambassador in France.