The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Straus )

No. 930

Sir: The Convention for the Supervision of the International Trade in Arms and Ammunition and in Implements of War, signed at Geneva on June 17, 1925, provides that the ratifications thereof shall be deposited with the Government of the French Republic. The convention was ratified by the President on June 21, 1935, and his instrument of ratification is herewith transmitted to you for deposit [Page 456] with the Government of the French Republic as provided for in Article 40 of the convention. The instrument of ratification is accompanied by a full power authorizing you to make the deposit.

It will be observed that the ratification is made “subject to the reservation that the said convention shall not come into force so far as the United States of America is concerned until it shall have come into force in respect of Belgium, the British Empire, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics”, and this fact should be stated in the procès-verbal of deposit which you will sign with the appropriate officer of the French Government at the time the deposit shall be made.

Report regarding the deposit may be made by mail.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips