The Belgian Chargé ( De Selys ) to the Secretary of State
Mr. Secretary of State: The Belgian, French and British Governments have agreed on the text intended to meet the suggestions offered by the Government of the United States of America in the matter of mandates. You will find herewith:
In the first place, the text of the draft of a mandate to be granted to Belgium over the Ruanda and Urundi territories as it stands after amendment.
In the second place, a draft of a convention to be signed between Belgium and the United States conferring upon the latter country, in the African territories placed under Belgian mandate, the same advantages as are enjoyed by the States members of the League of Nations.13 This draft, also made in perfect agreement with the French and British Governments, meets the suggestions of the American Government.
The King’s Government instructs me and I have the honor:
- First, to deliver to Your Excellency a copy of the draft of the said mandate with a statement that it is this text which Belgium will ask the League of Nations to approve;
- Second, to ask Your Excellency kindly to designate a plenipotentiary who will sign at Brussels the convention of which the draft is enclosed, if, as the King’s Government has every reason to believe, the present draft is acceptable to the Government of the United States.
It would be a great advantage to have this question decided with as little delay as possible, as the Powers concerned would like to dispose of the whole matter of African mandates at the session of the Council of the League of Nations that will open on July 11th next, and I should be particularly obliged to Your Excellency, therefore, if you would kindly let me know, if possible, before that date what course your Government will have decided upon in this matter.
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