500.C/1000: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Geneva (Tittmann)

5. Your no. 4, January 15, 5 p.m. If the Central Committee is authorized to exercise greater control and direction over the activities of the Opium Advisory Committee than there is at present in practice exercised by the Council, the Department is apprehensive lest this will tend to influence Governments more and more to entrust their representation on the Opium Advisory Committee to representatives resident in Switzerland who have no experience in narcotics work and who are not in daily contact with narcotics control in their respective countries, a development which would greatly diminish the usefulness of the Opium Advisory Committee.

It is understood that the Canadian Government is likewise concerned over the future of the Opium Advisory Committee under the proposed new arrangement. Please keep the Department informed by telegram of any new developments in this connection and in particular of any proposals made by the Canadian delegate.