The Secretary of State to the American Representative on the Preparatory Committee ( Neville 78)
Sir: The United States has been invited to send a representative to attend the meetings of a Preparatory Committee at Geneva, Switzerland, which has been called by the League of Nations to prepare a draft program for the Narcotics Conference in November, 1924. You are instructed to proceed to Geneva, Switzerland, and attend these meetings in a consultative capacity.
There are enclosed certain suggestions, the international adoption of which, this Government believes, would be of material value in lessening the world-wide traffic in harmful drugs. You are authorized to bring these suggestions to the notice of the Preparatory Committee and to explain that the suggestions are tentative in character and are intended to serve as a basis for discussion.
You will be careful to avoid any attempt to commit this Government in your discussion, as the Department understands that the work of this Committee is purely suggestive and not final. Any recommendations or conclusions which may be reached by the Committee will, therefore, not be binding on the Governments which are represented there.
It is assumed that much of the work will be of a technical character and will involve discussion of the narcotics laws of many nations [Page 94] of the world. The Department has, therefore, requested the Treasury Department to allow an officer from the Narcotics Section who is familiar with the actual operation of the several Statutes of the United States on this subject to proceed with you. That Department has also been requested to authorize the presence of the Treasury agent in Switzerland at Geneva during your stay there, as it is probable that the discussions will involve questions affecting the shipment, trans-shipment and bonding practices of the nations concerned. In view of the questions of hygiene which may arise, the Department is requesting the Public Health Service to authorize the Surgeon in charge at Paris to proceed to Geneva in case of necessity.
I am [etc.]
- Edwin L. Neville, consular officer, representative on Advisory Board to U. S. Federal Narcotics Control Board, 1922.↩