793.94 Conference/12: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Belgium ( Gibson )

47. Your 82, October 13, noon. Your point 1. It is our understanding that the meeting of the parties to the Nine Power Treaty arose from a suggestion of the Assembly of the League, but that, nevertheless, the meeting is not a meeting under the League of Nations. In our opinion, the meeting would be autonomous.

As to points 2 and 3, we are in accord with your opinion.

I feel that we should, under no account, cross wires with the British in these conversations with the Belgian Government and to that end am repeating this telegram to Johnson. The British approached us on the subject to get our views and we were of the opinion that Brussels would be the most logical place and have merely been attempting to support the British effort to so arrange. Please bear this in mind in any conversation you may have.

Please repeat your No. 82, October 13, noon to London.