The Ambassador in Italy (Fletcher) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 17.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 4, January 10, 3 p.m.,78 and confirming the Embassy’s telegrams [Page 98]No. 14, January 22, 6 p.m., and No. 22, January 30, 5 p.m.,79 with regard to the codification of Rules for the Control of Radio in Time of War, and also a set of Rules for Aerial Warfare, I have the honor to inform the Department that after repeated efforts on the part of the Embassy to obtain a definite statement from the Foreign Office in regard to the decision of the Italian Government concerning this question, I received on January 30th last a reply from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, which was summarized in my telegram No. 22, above referred to.
The Department will note from the enclosed translation of the Note from the Foreign Office that while the Italian Government accedes to the principles involved in the Conventions proposed, it feels that in view of recent developments in radio and aerial navigation, and the progress made in juridical matters, it would be advisable to consider the review and expansion of the Conventions. The Note also suggests the extension of the provisions in the first Convention regarding the control of radio to include radiotelephonic communication, which the Italian Government feels has today assumed a position of particular importance.
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