862.20/772a: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassies in Germany, France, and Italy and to the American Delegation at Geneva58

For your information the following is an excerpt from this afternoon’s press conference: [Page 312]

“The Secretary informed the correspondents in answer to their inquiries in regard to recent events in Europe that the Government in its foreign relations is proceeding on its usual normal course. He stated that the Government was, of course, following events in Europe with the utmost care and that the Department of State realizes that the situation is difficult and that the public here is really concerned over developments. The Secretary declared that everybody knows that the United States has always believed that treaties must constitute the foundation on which any stable peace structure must rest. He pointed out that all who believe in peaceful settlements of international problems of all kinds have felt increasing concern over tendencies to fail to live up to the letter and spirit of treaties. The Secretary expressed the belief that the moral influence of the United States and its people must always encourage living up to treaties. He stated that efforts now being made in Europe looking to an alleviation of the present tension will be closely followed by the American Government and expressed the hope that these efforts will succeed in their purpose of bringing about a general appeasement.”

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  1. Delegation to the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments.