The Austrian Minister (Prochnik) to the Secretary of State24
Excellency: The Federal Government of the Republic of Austria having taken cognizance of Your Excellency’s esteemed note of February 12th, 1926, and enclosures dealing with a resolution passed on January 27th, 1926, by which the Senate of the United States gave its advice and consent to the adherence on the part of the United States to the Protocol of Signature of the Statute for the Permanent Court of International Justice dated December 16th, 1920, and the adjoined [Page 15] Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice has now instructed me to bring the following to Your Excellency’s kind attention.
As the Austrian Government attaches the greatest importance to the adherence on the part of the United States to the Protocol of Signature of the Statute for the Permanent Court of International Justice, it is disposed to fully and unrestrictedly accept the conditions, reservations and understandings contained in the above mentioned Senate Resolution.
By a careful examination of these reservations, however, the question was raised, whether their acceptance would not be tantamount to a modification of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice. On the solution of this question depends the decision, whether or not an acceptance of the afore referred to reservations on the part of the Federal Government would be subject to the consent and approval by the National Council of the Republic of Austria.
The Government of the United States is well aware that the Signatory-Powers of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice are contemplating to hold a Conference which will have to define its attitude regarding the said question in doubt.
The Federal Government of Austria, therefore, believes that it should not anticipate the results of this Conference but reserve its final answer until a later date.
- Notes similar to the Austrian note were received from Finland (June 3) and Persia (Aug. 10), through their representatives in Washington. No further replies appear to have been received from the Governments of Austria, Finland, and Persia.↩