The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Wallace )
19. Your letter December 173 and telegram 2021, December 17, 9 p.m., concerning our nonparticipation in Council of Ambassadors. Letter was sent to President for his consideration. Final decision [Page 4] to withdraw from representation on the Council of Ambassadors has been made after due consideration of entire situation. You may declare to the President of the Council of Ambassadors and to your colleagues when informing them of this withdrawal that Department has taken part in the conferences to keep itself informed on matters having to do with the treaty while the treaty was under consideration by the United States and, primarily, to share in settlement of questions concerning the armistice. The occasion for further representation on the Council by the United States seems to have passed since this country has not accepted the Treaty of Versailles and as the most important questions raised by the armistice have been disposed of. The Department authorizes you to state its earnest appreciation for the courtesies you have received while participating in the meetings.
Boyden will remain unofficially until further instructions on the Reparation Commission. This for his information as well as your own.
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