500.A15A5/962: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State

2114. Department’s 1020, September 21, 9 p.m. On September 10, 1939 the French Foreign Minister sent me the following note which was transmitted to the Department under cover of my despatch 5005, September 14:29

“I have the honor to request you to be good enough to inform the Government of the United States of America that in view of the state of war existing between France and Germany and by virtue of Article 24 of the London Naval Treaty of 1936 the Government of the French Republic suspends, insofar as it is concerned, the application of this convention.

A similar notification has been sent to the British, Canadian and Italian Governments.”

I am today informing the Foreign Office that it is the intention of my Government, in view of suspension of the obligations by several parties to the London Naval Treaty of 1936, to give notice that it considers it necessary to suspend the treaty obligations.

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