The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Herrick)
360. In restoring on May 11 unofficial representation on Reparation Commission and Conference of Ambassadors and in appointing Ambassador Harvey the President’s representative on Supreme Council, this Government made clear its position.in paragraph two of statement to Lloyd George.11 See Department’s 239, repeated from London.12 The Ambassador was instructed not to participate in case of doubt as to whether question was of “distinctly European concern,” or of “world-wide importance” and consequently of interest to this Government. He was instructed that without committing the United States to any action, he should use his influence toward effective [Page 17] recognition of open-door policy, and toward effecting economic settlements for promoting the restoration of normal activities.
For instructions to Ambassador Wallace, as observer on the Conference of Ambassadors, see Department’s 9279 of December 18 , 1919,13 and 243 of May 7, 1921.
You should refrain from expression of opinion or comment on all questions not involving this Government directly, and should request instructions before you take any action which would commit the United States.
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