579.6AE1/39: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson)

78. Your 116, January 28, noon. As most of the additional items suggested by this Government do not have a close relationship to the specific agenda covered by the British Draft Convention, it is believed that unless other governments are notified promptly in advance of the contemplated proposals of the American Delegation so that they will have time to study them and instruct their delegations, the conference will probably decline to consider the additional items. Please ascertain therefore whether the British Government is willing to notify interested governments at once of the additional items on which the American Delegation will submit proposals.

If the British Government declines to take the action suggested, the Embassy may transmit copies of the additional items in Department’s 56, January 21, 1 p.m., to American diplomatic representatives in European countries to be brought by them to attention of governments to which they are [ac]credited, provided such procedure is agreeable to the British authorities.