884.77/12–2944: Telegram

The Minister in Ethiopia (Caldwell) to the Secretary of State

272. ReDepts 197, December 27, 8 p.m. Transfer of railway operation is to be not later than 3 months after notice by Ethiopia that its proper operation has been arranged for, and Ethiopia agrees that operating arrangements will not violate French rights. In reply to my formal inquiry, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs35 stated yesterday that Ethiopian Government considers that no negotiations with French prior to transfer of operation are required, as Ethiopian operation like British Military operation is merely temporary. He showed me British note not published, copy of which is promised for transmission in next pouch,36 indicating that British do not intend to insist upon evidence of agreement between Ethiopians and French before effecting transfer of operations.

  1. Aklilou Abte Wold.
  2. Despatch No. 319, December 27, from the Minister in Ethiopia, not printed.