Memorandum of Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of European Affairs (Moffat)

The Belgian Ambassador43 called this morning to say that he had, under instructions from his Government, suggested that the President might add an appeal for peace to that issued yesterday by King Leopold.

The Ambassador later stated that the situation looked terribly dark to him, and that he was fearful that this time Belgian neutrality would be compromised not by the Germans but by the British and French. They were in such a bad situation that they might try and take short cuts by landing their planes in Belgium and trying to use it as a base for aircraft operations.

Pierrepont Moffat
  1. Count Robert van der Straten-Ponthoz.