711.62114A/4–1645: Telegram

The Ambassador in France ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

1900. The substance of the Department’s telegram 1486, April 14 was embodied in a note which was delivered to Chauvel9 today. The great importance of an early favorable French reply was stressed.

Chauvel stated that the French Government had received a similar message from the Germans through the Swiss about 3 days ago and that it is being studied by the War Ministry and the Ministry of Prisoners and Deportees. He said that the Quai d’Orsay favors an immediate acceptance of the German proposal but that he is not certain of the exact views of the other interested Ministries. He promised to follow up this matter and expressed the opinion that he would be able to give us a reply within the next 2 days.

  1. Jean Chauvel, Secretary General of French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.