765.84/3495: Telegram (part air)

The Consul at Geneva ( Gilbert ) to the Secretary of State

15. The League Secretariat has circulated a communication from the Italian Government dated January 16,69 continuing its allegations of Ethiopian atrocities and use of dumdum bullets.

It concludes with the statement that these are “being reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross for necessary action.”

I now learn from Red Cross officials that they consider these matters as regulated under The Hague Convention70 and to be outside the Committee’s competence. They have, nevertheless, telegraphically informed the Ethiopian Red Cross and its own representatives in Ethiopia of the receipt of the Italian Government’s communication.

  1. League of Nations, Official Journal, February 1936, p. 242.
  2. Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, Foreign Relations, 1907, pt. 2, p. 1204.