500.A15A4 General Committee/962: Telegram

The Chairman of the American Delegation (Davis) to the Secretary of State

879. Since dictating my 878, June 6, midnight, Eden has called to say that on reflection there seemed to him only two alternatives; either to insist on the draft submitted by Henderson (see my 873, June 5, 11 p.m.) or to try to meet the French as far as possible on their draft. He inclines towards the latter alternative and is so recommending his Government adding however that he considers it indispensable that some reference be made to the four notes mentioned in the President’s draft and to the necessity for a continuous effort on disarmament.

Aubert has shown me a telegram just received by Barthou from François-Poncet7 telling of a conversation this afternoon with von [Page 110] Neurath8 stating in effect that the latter said that while the Germans were inclined at the proper time to resume participation in disarmament negotiations they felt that a greater measure of progress should first be recorded but that Germany was interested in discussions looking to security and that this might be the best means for getting together. See my 876, June 6, 6 p.m.9

  1. André François-Poneet, French Ambassador to Germany.
  2. Baron Constantin von Neurath, German Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  3. Post, p. 489.