462.00 R 29/2261½

Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation with the German Ambassador (Wiedfeldt), December 19, 1922


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The Secretary informed the German Ambassador that he had spoken informally to the French Ambassador with respect to the proposal of the German Government that Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy should enter into an agreement not to engage in war for thirty years without a popular vote. The Secretary said he did not think it wise to take the matter up formally with the other Governments unless it would be received and treated seriously by the French Government. The Ambassador acquiesced in this point of view.

The Secretary said that he would be glad to have the Ambassador put his proposal in a memorandum or note so that the Secretary would have a written text in order to avoid any possible misunderstanding. The Ambassador said he would do so.