852.01/11: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Moore) to the Secretary of State

74. Supplementing my telegram of December 3, 1 a.m.14 In audience granted me today, King spoke with confidence of new political arrangement and stated that for one year preparations had been made looking to this change but that conditions in Morocco had up to now prevented effecting it. He said Tangier being an international zone cost Spain 20,000 soldiers to police boundary and prevent contraband. He said he did not ask that Tangier be turned over to Spain, but he believed that the powers should permit Spain to police it and that this would help to solve the Moroccan problem.

Spain is quite tranquil. The suddenness of the change has created much interest and it is believed to be a step toward normalcy.

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