511.4 A 2/55: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Herrick)

153. The British Embassy has left an aide mémoire79 at the Department asking whether this Government would be willing to join with the British Government in making representations at Paris in regard to proposals made at the Committee of preparation for the forthcoming international opium conference.

This Government is of the opinion that international measures must be taken which will have the effect of limiting the quantities of opium and coca leaves in international traffic and the quantities of drugs manufactured therefrom if the present illicit traffic in dangerous drugs is to be dealt with in an effective manner.

You may informally invite the attention of the French Government to the views expressed above, adding that it is hoped that the Government will find it possible to cooperate upon that basis.

Repeat to London for its information.

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