The Secretary of State to the Consul at Geneva (Gilbert)
23. Has situation relating to questions raised in Department’s 162, December 30, 5 p.m., and replies in your 527, December 31, 3 p.m.,16 become any more clarified? Please cable your latest impression as to character of the raw materials committee. Is it likely to find itself concerned with political as distinguished from technical problems? Even if it does not in fact concern itself with political problems are its activities likely in your opinion to be interpreted as directly connected with that aspect of the situation? Is its work likely to be perfunctory or is the expectation that it rather than the Secretariat will do the real work? What is Stoppani’s present estimate of the number of times the committee may have to meet and of duration of meetings?