711.00111 Armament Control/927a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister Resident in Ethiopia ( Engert )

279. As was explained in the Department’s 211, May 9, 4 p.m., consideration is being given to the desirability of advising the President to revoke the Proclamation of October 5, 1935.

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From your telegram 395, June 5, 9 a.m., the Department understands that you are of the opinion that despite occasional skirmishes between Italian forces and Ethiopian bands it cannot be said that the present military operations in Ethiopia constitute “war”. Before taking definite action, however, with respect to the revocation of the Proclamation of October 5 the Department would welcome as soon as possible a further expression of your views and any recent information which would throw light on the problem under discussion.