511.4 A 1/1788: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul at Geneva (Haskell)

For Congressman Porter. Your May 27, 11 p.m. Inasmuch as the Hague Opium Convention has not been and cannot be modified without the consent of the parties including the United States, you are of course fully warranted in urging that the Government of India (which in view of the reservation to the British signature of the Opium Convention cannot be considered as having any independent relationship thereto) should not maintain a position contrary to that of the signatory Powers. Let me however caution you against incurring the embarrassment which might well result from actually challenging India’s right to vote in the deliberations of a committee of the League in which this Country is represented only in a consultative capacity and without a vote of its own.