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

74. Consulate’s 73, March 3, 5 p.m.98 In a very brief meeting this afternoon of the Committee of Thirteen, which I understand was largely pro forma, the following resolution99 was adopted:

“The Committee of Thirteen,

Acting in virtue of mandate given to it by the Council in its resolution of December 19,1

Addresses to both belligerents an urgent appeal for the immediate opening of negotiations in the framework of the League of Nations and in the spirit of the Covenant with a view to the prompt cessation of hostilities and definitive restoration of peace.

The Committee of Thirteen will meet on March 10, to take cognizance of the replies of the two Governments.”

Nothing has yet fully emerged here respecting the positions of the states which resulted in this resolution, but its terms are commonly characterized as victory for the French position.

It is understood that the Committee of Eighteen will not again convene until after March 10, although the technical subcommittee may meet in the interval.

  1. Not printed.
  2. League of Nations, Official Journal. April 1936, p. 359.
  3. For text, see ibid., January 1936, p. 14.