765.84/129: Telegram (part air)
The Consul at Geneva ( Gilbert ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 22—7:47 a.m.]
28. I learn that following considerable pressure on the Italians by the British and the French an arrangement was reached in the Italian-Abyssinian affair whereby both sides communicated to the League letters stating that moved by spirit of conciliation they were prepared to seek a settlement in conformity with the “spirit” of the Italo-Abyssinian Treaty of Friendship of 19287 and with article 5 of that treaty and that they engaged themselves to take steps to avoid further incidents.[Page 599]
The Council in private session this afternoon took note of these letters and decided to postpone discussion of Abyssinia’s appeal until its next session.8
I understand that negotiations are to begin immediately with a view to setting up of a body of conciliation or arbitration under article 5 of the above mentioned treaty.
- Treaty signed August 2, 1928, League of Nations Treaty Series, vol. xciv, p. 419; by article 5, “Both Governments undertake to submit to a procedure of conciliation and arbitration disputes which may arise between them and which it may not have been possible to settle by ordinary diplomatic methods….”↩
- See also League of Nations, Official Journal, February 1935, pp. 162–163.↩