500.A15A5/842: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham)

447. Your 599, December 7, 8 p.m. We have now heard from Paris and Rome with regard to ratification of the London Naval Treaty, 1936. Bullitt26 reports that a bill will be introduced shortly in the French Parliament authorizing ratification of the Treaty, that the Government expects no debate or difficulties and that ratification should take place before January 1. Phillips quotes Drummond as expressing confidence, on the basis of his recent conversations with Ciano, that the Italian Government is disposed to ratify as soon as it is advised that the three principal signatories of the Treaty have completed ratification.

While we would not wish to appear to press Craigie unduly in his negotiations with the Germans and Russians we would consider it [Page 118] most unfortunate if a lapse were to occur in the naval limitation system and hope that this matter of ratification may be completed before the close of this year.

If you deem it wise, in the light of your knowledge of the most recent developments in the Russian and German naval negotiations, you may mention our views informally to Craigie.

  1. William Bullitt, Ambassador in France.