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Interest of the United States in furthering efforts of the League of Nations to promote international economic cooperation,   pp. 803-825 PDF (8.0 MB)

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500.C1112/91: Telegram (part air)
     The Consul at Geneva (Gilbert) to the Secretary of State
                                G1ENEVA, January 9, 1937-11 a. m.
                                [Received January 11-7: 25 a. m.]
  9. Department's telegram 163, December 31, 4 p. m.2
  1. Avenol 8 expressed to me today the warmest gratification at the
suggestion of the appointment of Grady 4 to the League Economic
Committee. He stated that his name would be presented to the January
Council. Favorable action may be assumed.
  2. Upon the constitution of the Committee on Raw Materials Grady
will be selected as a member by virtue of his membership in the Eco-
nomic Committee.
  The procedures for the establishment of the Raw Materials Com-
mittee are, however, not settled and depend largely on the circum-
stances discussed below.
  3. It remains an open question as to whether the January Council
will set up the Committee. It still apparently hinges on British pre-
occupations respecting Germany. As understood here the British are
anxious to avoid the political reactions of (a) not inviting Germany
which from present indications would precipitate accusations by Ber-
lin that the Committee was a manifestation of a bloc against Ger-
many, (b) Berlin's refusal of an invitation were it extended. These
issues are regarded as intensified due to the terms of the Assembly
resolution clearly envisaging the participation of Germany while
technically the members of the Committee would serve in their indi-
vidual capacities. The foregoing terminology reflects the realistic
attitude toward the situation.
  The Polish Charge d'Affaires tells me that from advices from the
Polish Ambassador at Berlin the British had not yet approached the
1 For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 193R, vol. I, pp. 453
'1bid., p. 485.
'Joseph Avenol, Secretary General of the League of Nations.
4Henry P. Grady, former Chief of the Division of Trade Agreements, Professor
of International Trade and Dean of the College of Commerce, University of
fornia, Berkeley, Calif. On January 25, the League of Nations Council appointed
Mr. Grady member of the Economic Committee.

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