881.00/1056: Telegram

The Chargé in Morocco ( Murphy ) to the Secretary of State

9. Department’s number 5, June 1, 5 p.m. Instructions followed at meeting. French consul general stated he was instructed not to assist at any meeting purporting to be of Sanitary Council except in respect of surrender of archives and funds to new administration. British and Spanish consuls general concurred with him, all three maintaining position that Sanitary Council ceased to exist on May 31st. Belgian and Dutch consuls general were yet without instructions. Portuguese representative made reservations similar to America. Italian diplomatic agent read telegram from his Government refusing to recognize the abolition of Sanitary Council until agreement was reached by powers signatories to Act of Algeciras, and he refused to take responsibility as president of Council of surrendering archives and funds.