856B.01/9: Telegram

The Chargé in Germany (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

1321. My No. 1316, May 12, 2 p.m.9 Dealing further with British and French occupation of Dutch possessions in the Western Hemisphere, a DNB10 report issued yesterday evening likens this measure to earlier British additions whereby the British using similar excuses acquired valuable bases throughout the world. Germany it is stated has no interest in Dutch possessions in this part of the world and on the contrary has solemnly declared that it has no territorial aspirations in the Western Hemisphere and has no thought of establishing itself on the American continent. According to DNB Germany is, however, interested in observing what the American Republics which took such pains to maintain their neutrality by the establishment of the 300-mile zone will do as regards this act of aggression which gives Great Britain and France bases in neighborhood of the Panama Canal.

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  2. Deutsches Nachrichten Büro.