500.A15A4 Steering Committee/542: Telegram (part air)

The Chargé in Sweden (Schoenfeld) to the Secretary of State

42. Mr. Sandler has sent me a memorandum saying that the conversations regarding the limited convention for the control of armaments [Page 16] referred to in the Legation’s 34 of April 29, noon, have not progressed in such a manner that any positive statement may be expected at the May meeting of the Disarmament Bureau in Geneva; that the conversations are nevertheless continuing; that despite the increased doubt as to how much can be attained in view of the recent British White Paper35 the Swedish Government will continue its efforts; and that he “counts on the sympathy of the United States Government for the efforts to prepare the ground for a general and more extensive convention to be concluded as soon as conditions are more favorable”.

Text of memorandum is being mailed.36 Repeated to Bern.

  1. British Cmd. 5451 (1937): Statement Relating to Report of the Royal Commission on the Private Manufacture of and Trading in Arms, 1935–36.
  2. Despatch No. 765, May 20; not printed.