765.84/64: Telegram

The Chargé in Ethiopia (George) to the Secretary of State

21. Anglo-Ethiopian Boundary Commission came as far as Italian military post at Wal Wal water hole, Ogaden Desert, November 23rd and was denied permission to proceed behind its lines although far within Ethiopia. Italian reply to protest was tank and airplane demonstration at Wal Wal yesterday. Commission has returned to Addis Ababa but Ethiopian escort entrenched opposite Italian post which has apparently been established there 3 years unknown to Ethiopian Government. Situation regarded extremely grave here.