500.C111/889: Telegram

The Consul at Geneva (Gilbert) to the Secretary of State

394. Consulate’s 392, September 28, 3 p.m.

1. I have just received a letter of today’s date addressed to me by Beneš as President of the Sixteenth Assembly of which the following is the text:

“The Secretary General handed me during the course of today’s meeting of the Assembly a few minutes after the report of the Second Committee had been adopted your letter of today’s date communicating a message from the Secretary of State of the United States of America concerning the resolution on economic and financial policy. In view of the importance of the Secretary of State’s message I immediately arranged for your letter to be read in extenso to the assembled delegates.

Monsieur Patijn, first delegate of the Netherlands, speaking on behalf of Monsieur Van Lanschot, the rapporteur to the Second Committee who had been compelled to leave Geneva, gave expression to the very real appreciation with which Mr. Hull’s message was received by the whole Assembly.

It is a pleasure to me to associate myself with the words spoken by Monsieur Patijn and I would be grateful to you if you would be good enough to convey the sentiments of the Assembly to the Secretary of State.

May I also express the hope, as well as the conviction, that the community of interest and the unity of view which is thus shown to exist between the policy of the United States and the recommendations of the Assembly on economic and financial questions may find expression during the coming months in a close cooperation and a joint endeavor to overcome the difficulties which have so long confronted the world.”

2. Your message together with Beneš’ acknowledgement are being published by the Secretariat.