740.0011 Mutual Guarantee (Eastern Locarno)/18: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State

226. Continuing my No. 225, the Latvian Minister informed me last night that in case Poland and Germany should refuse to enter the Eastern Locarno Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would nevertheless join in the pact with France, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union.

The Latvian Minister stated further that his Government had informed itself fully with regard to the present negotiations between Poland and Lithuania about which I had spoken to him in our conversation of July 11th, reported in my despatch No. 85, July 12, 1934.34 [Page 507] He said that Lithuania and Poland were now close to agreement on the following basis:

There should be an entirely secret agreement between Lithuania and Poland to the effect that Poland would give autonomy to Vilna and the Vilna district.
Poland publicly would guarantee Lithuania in the possession of Memel.
The frontier would be opened to commerce.
The Polish and Lithuanian armies would cooperate in case of war. He expressed the opinion that the agitations of the Poles with regard to the Eastern Locarno might produce a considerable delay in the conclusion of these negotiations.

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