500.A15A5 Submarines/3: Telegram

The Chairman of the American Delegation to the London Naval Conference (Davis) to the Secretary of State


130. We have had some discussion with the British as to the best manner to deal with part IV of the London Treaty1 with regard to submarines. In view of the fact that the British Commonwealth of Nations, Japan and the United States have committed themselves without limit of time to the provisions of part IV of this treaty the British have devised a plan for reconfirming this commitment on the part of those now bound by it and of getting the commitment of the other naval powers. They have accordingly submitted a draft for a procès-verbal2 to be signed at this Conference by the nations now committed to part IV and to be submitted by the British Government to France, Italy and all the other powers. I have told the British that we have no objection to their circulating this with the understanding that we are free to offer amendments thereto.

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  1. Signed April 22, 1930, Foreign Relations, 1930, vol. i, p. 107.
  2. Not found in Department files; various revised drafts are not printed.