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The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Belgium (Morris)

52. Having completed a study of the Belgian desiderata, we feel that they offer a basis for and justify the inception of actual negotiation as soon as possible. We have suggested to de Ligne that he cable Brussels that as soon as the Belgian experts whose presence he desires arrive we shall be prepared to start active negotiations. De Ligne tells us that he sent a long telegram yesterday urging his Government to expedite the departure of the Belgian experts and I should appreciate it if you would for your part explain the situation and the importance of losing no further time.