The Secretary of State to the Chief of the American Representation on the Preparatory Commission (Gibson)
3. Your telegram No. 5 of March 12. I particularly desire that the questions you suggest should not be answered in Geneva. These are [Page 249]questions which have place only as between the parties concerned in direct negotiations for the concluding of a treaty. There is no reason why the nations represented in the Preparatory Commission should inquire into the meaning or language of a treaty proposed by France to the United States, and which is still being discussed. If you are asked any such questions, you should state that the party in question should take up negotiations on the matter in Washington.