The Ambassador in Italy ( Long ) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 12—7:23 a.m.]
693. Your 168, October 11, 6 p.m. The British have no instructions. The German and Belgian Ambassadors here have been instructed to request the Italian Government to abstain from bombing the open city of Addis Ababa if all the other Governments so request but as no other Governments except France have made any representations they have refrained from so doing. The French have received a similar instruction and the French Ambassador told the German Ambassador that he felt that because of the delicate situation in which France found itself vis-à-vis England and Italy he would make some mild suggestion but that it would be a purely pro forma representation and done in a very casual manner.
As I understand it there are no other Governments directly represented at Addis Ababa.
We have no information about requests concerning Diredawa.