124.842/133: Telegram

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

466. Legation’s 461, July 8, 5 p.m. French and German radios were sealed July 8th. British Legation Guard refused to admit Italian officers and men to the radio station and would have used force had the Italians insisted. British Chargé d’Affaires asked for instructions and today received reply to offer his word of honor to the Marshal not to transmit messages but if not accepted to permit station to be sealed.

My British colleague informs me that his Foreign Office has just cabled to Washington, Paris and Berlin regarding status of Legations in Addis Ababa. Please take no action until you have received full reply to Department’s 29955 which should reach you July 12th.

  1. Post, p. 330.