765.84/868a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom ( Atherton )

213. We continue to follow with care and concern developments in relations between Italy and Ethiopia and the efforts which are being made to bring about a peaceful settlement. At present our thoughts are directed particularly to the Paris meeting of representatives of the British, French and Italian Governments. We sincerely hope that meeting will accomplish the desired results.

We desire to be kept closely informed of developments at the Paris meeting and we wish to have the benefit of all information which would enable the American Government to determine whether any further action by it within the limits of its established policy and its obligations as a signatory to the Pact of Paris would be likely to have a beneficial rather than a disadvantageous effect. We desire that any further action that may be taken by the American Government contribute toward the effort being put forth by the British and other governments similarly interested in preservation of peace.

To the above end you are instructed to establish the closest possible informal contacts with responsible authorities of the British Government and to report promptly and fully to the Department.

Repeat to American Embassy at Paris for its information as Department’s No. 328, August 15, 6 p.m.