855.113/16: Telegram

The Chargé in Belgium ( Sussdorff ) to the Secretary of State

61. Belgian Foreign Office informed me this morning that inasmuch as no permit is required for the exportation of arms from Belgium anyone may ship arms from Belgium at the present time either to the Spanish Government or to the insurgents. The Belgian Government has investigated and is informed that no arms have yet been shipped from Belgium to either party in Spain. Foreign Office added that the Belgian Government have not yet taken any decision regarding question of prohibiting shipment of arms to Spain and is awaiting the outcome of the proposal of non-intervention which the French Government has made to Great Britain and Italy and that if Great Britain and Italy accept the French proposal Belgium will probably be approached by France immediately and will also accept.