500.A15A4 Steering Committee/539

The Chargé in Denmark (Winship) to the Secretary of State

No. 668

Subject: Proposed Convention for the Bureau of Disarmament Conference

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my cable No. 12, dated April 29th, 1 p.m., and my confidential despatch No. 665, dated April 30th,33 on the above subject, and to report that yesterday I was able to confer with Dr. Munch, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, who stated frankly that the three points of the Convention mentioned have been accepted in principle by Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

He said further that before the meeting at Geneva the last of this month, the Government’s proposed bill for control of the production of war material would become law here, and make it possible for Denmark to adhere to the proposed convention.

Dr. Munch believes that Belgium and the Netherlands are very much in sympathy with the proposal, and hopes that these countries may be able to participate, while he thinks there will be no difficulty in securing Switzerland’s support.

Needless to say Dr. Munch would like to see a much broader and more comprehensive convention and expressed his keen disappointment that even the one proposed would not be acceptable to the larger powers, when it is presented at the forthcoming meeting of the Bureau of the Disarmament Conference.

Respectfully yours,

North Winship
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