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The Ambassador in Belgium ( Murphy ) to the Secretary of State


743. Re mytel 27 of January 7. Following is text of aide-mémoire dated May 5 in translation from Belgian Foreign Office:

“Belgian Government takes note of desire expressed by Government of US to have an exchange of views in next few months with Belgian Government on matter cited in that aide-mémoire (of Embassy dated [Page 441] January 6). It believes, with Government of US, that this consultation would be of interest, and it accepts in principle to participate.

“However, since Government of US proposes also to consult French and British Governments on these same subjects, Belgian Government believes that these exchanges of views would be more fruitful if they took place in common.

“Belgian Government hopes with government at Washington that these conversations will make it possible to reach an agreement on the means for arriving at a greater comprehension of colonial problems and the respective positions of our government’s confronting them.”

Sent Department 743, repeated Paris 152, London 169.