512.4 A 1a/180

The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador ( Jusserand )

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 20th ult., transmitting the resolutions adopted by the First Assembly of the League of Nations with regard to the creation of an International Health Organization which contemplates placing under the League of Nations the International Public Health Office established in Paris, in accordance with the Convention signed at Rome, December 9, 1907.

It is noted that this cannot be done without the approval of the International Public Health Office, and that the Secretary General of the League of Nations has requested the French Government to gather adhesions of the signatory states to that effect.

In reply, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that any affirmative action of this Government in the premises would be a departure from the Rome Convention and would, therefore, necessarily require the sanction of the President and the Senate. This sanction has not been given.

Accept [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes