500.A15A4 Steering Committee/536: Telegram (part air)

The Minister in Switzerland (Wilson) to the Secretary of State

46. Westman, Swedish Minister to Bern, telephoned me from Geneva that he has just received copy of Netherlands’ reply to proposal of Swedish Foreign Minister for a special agreement among the Northern States on disarmament. The Netherlands Government declare that they do not believe the time opportune for any general effort in disarmament, nevertheless agree in principle with the Swedish proposal and are willing to collaborate in drawing up a document.

Westman says that he does not believe that it will be possible to submit a finished document to the Bureau of the Conference but rather a report will be made on progress.

Request this telegram be brought to [attention of] Mr. Davis on arrival.