500.C/1011: Telegram

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

82. Avenol tells me that he expects to continue to keep the League personnel, which has been reduced from about 750 in 1938 to less than 100 today, in Geneva until a “new situation arises.” By the latter phrase he means until either he is invited by the Swiss Government to leave or Switzerland is invaded or communications are cut off. Should the League be obliged to leave Switzerland Avenol plans to transport the Opium Section to some neutral country where it may continue to function intact. With regard to the future of other technical sections his plans do not appear to be well defined. Provided [Page 317] a quorum can be counted on it is planned to convene the Supervisory Commission of the League on June 14th.