500.C/1006: Telegram

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

9. Your telegram No. 13, February 1, 4 p.m. Please ascertain if possible and report what the attitude of the British and French was toward proposed transfer to Central Committee of control and direction of the Opium Advisory Committee’s deliberations and recommendations.

Bearing in mind the Department’s apprehensions as set forth in the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 4 [5] of January 18, 5 p.m., you are authorized within your discretion, should occasion arise, to intimate informally that the Department for its guidance in determining whether or not to continue attendance of an American representative at the Opium Advisory Committee seeks clarification as to the limitations which the proposed subordination to the Central Committee will place on the Opium Advisory Committee’s hitherto enjoyed liberty at any time to investigate and make recommendations to the Council on any subject which it sees fit connected with suppression of the abuse of narcotic drugs.