500.A15/173: Telegram

The Chargé in Switzerland ( Winslow ) to the Secretary of State

66. On the basis of a report by Beneš62 on the work of the Preparatory Disarmament Commission, the Council of the League today decided:

To invite the military, naval and air experts of all the delegations represented on the Preparatory Commission to sit with the Permanent Advisory Commission during the Conference on a basis of absolute equality;
To increase the membership of the Joint Commission63 by adding four members competent to deal with questions relating to industry and transport who should be chosen from the delegations of the United States, Japan, Germany, and Russia;
To invite the Governments of Argentina and Chile to participate in the work of the Preparatory Commission;
To invite the Permanent Advisory Commission to meet on May 18 simultaneously with the Preparatory Commission;
To leave to the Preparatory Commission the decision as to when the Joint Commission should meet as it probably would not be necessary to convoke the latter until several days after May 18.

  1. M. Edouard Beneš, Czechoslovak Minister for Foreign Affairs, and member of the Council of the League of Nations.
  2. Composed of members of the economic, financial, and transit organizations of the League of Nations and of the employers’ and workers’ groups of the governing body of the International Labor Office.