500.A14/54: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Kellogg) to the Secretary of State


67. After we had signed the mandate treaties on the 10th,9 Chamberlain asked me to stay, and in the two-hour conversation which followed he expressed his views on various European subjects, among them the Geneva Protocol,10 security for France, evacuation of the Ruhr and the Rhineland, Russian situation, the Ambassadorship to Turkey, and land and naval armament. It is unnecessary to cable the details of this extended conversation.

You will understand that I did not express the views of my Government on these subjects. The one thing I have to mention is that Chamberlain thinks that any move at present by any government for land disarmament is premature and would be failure, but he does think further limitation of naval armament desirable; he believes that France and Japan would participate. Yesterday he informed me that the Cabinet approves the calling of a conference of this sort in the United States and that he intended to inform you of his views through Ambassador Howard in Washington.11

  1. See vol. ii, p. 199.
  2. Protocol for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes; text printed as Senate Document No. 180, 68th Cong., 2d sess.
  3. No communication on this subject from the British Ambassador found in Department files.