500.A15A4/1145: Telegram

The Acting Chairman of the American Delegation (Gibson) to the Secretary of State

266. We feel that the addition of a paragraph setting forth the American policy as it has been developed in the Far Eastern crisis and set forth in other ways with respect to our willingness to consult in case of threat of violation of the Kellogg Pact or to prevent the recognition of rights acquired through the violation of treaties would immensely aid in the reception of your statement here and therefore we are suggesting the following paragraph with our urgent recommendation that something along these lines be incorporated therein.

“The character of our participation in this Conference is evidence of our willingness to collaborate with other states in the great task of organizing peace. We welcome the idea of a permanent disarmament commission whose task would be to follow the fulfillment of a disarmament treaty. The Government of the United States has only recently given evidence of its attitude that the violation of treaties should not permit the acquisition of new rights by the violation. This Government has also shown its willingness to confer in the case of any threat of disregard of the obligations especially the Kellogg Pact which we have assumed in concert with most of the other nations of the world to have recourse only to pacific means of settlement of all international disputes. This is the policy of the Government of the United States as it is upon the faithful observance of such obligations that the hope of peace must rest.”

We venture to invite again your attention to paragraph No. 8 relating to expenditure in our 257, June 19, 9 p.m. We consider that some such reference will make proposal much more palatable here.