550.E1 Russia/68: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Belgium (Fletcher)

47. Your 52, July 27, 4 p.m. You may inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs that this Government has carefully considered the suggestions in his memorandum of July 27, 1922, and the reports of the Sub-commissions of Credits, Private Property and Debts, which were adopted by the representatives of the non-Russian powers at The Hague Conference.

The cogency and importance of these reports in their statement of fundamental principles are fully recognized. In view, however, of the fact that this Government has made its position clear with respect to Russia in a series of public declarations, notably that of March 25, 1921,47 and its subsequent statements in relation to the Genoa and Hague Conferences, with which it is presumed the Minister for Foreign Affairs is familiar, and as this Government was not a party to the Hague Conference, it does not consider it necessary to associate itself in any formal manner with the conclusions of that Conference or that it is necessary for it at this time to make a further public statement.