500.C114/826: Telegram

The Minister in Switzerland (Wilson) to the Secretary of State


60. Your telegram No. 84, August 14, 11 a.m. I delivered message to Sir Eric Drummond yesterday. He was greatly pleased with contents which he considered to be of highest importance. He will not give circulation to the information but will keep it confidential and to be used only in the most discreet manner. Should it appear to be necessary he might feel called upon to declare that he had reason to believe that draft would be acceptable to the Government of the United States. (With his reputation for cautious statement such a declaration would probably be sufficient.)

The committee of states which are signatories to the protocol of -signature and the statute of the Court has been called for September 4, and should, Drummond hopes, accept the draft rapidly. In event that large number of states affix signature to draft while Assembly is still sitting, Drummond also hopes that you will see fit to cause signature of the United States to be affixed likewise, if possible, during life of the Assembly.