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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Netherlands,   pp. 650-658 PDF (2.8 MB)

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Foreign Affairs to the note addressed to him by the French Charge
d'Affaires on the 28th ultimo:
"The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has re-
ceived from the French Charge d'Affair [e] s ad interim a communica-
tion addressed to the Royal Government by the Allied and Asso-
ciated Powers regarding the case of the ex-Kaiser and the ex-Crown
Prince of Germany.
This communication which according to its terms is only based
on rumors contains an admonition to a neutral and friendly Gov-
ernment which has painfully surprised the Royal Government.
The Royal Government is conscious of its international obliga-
tions; it is equally conscious of not having failed to fulfill them.
With regard to the case raised by the communication of the powers,
it must reserve to itself the free exercise of its sovereignty as to the
rights which belong to it and the duties incumbent upon it. Signed.
I saw the Minister for Foreign Affairs this afternoon but re-
frained from bringing up this question. Mr. van Karnebeek how-
ever after some prefatory remarks concerning the Dutch observed
that in the case of the ex-Emperor, accordingly, the Dutch would
never consent to take an unlawful action. He added that he had
been much interested in reading the memorandum concerning the
ex-Kaiser prepared by Mr. Lansing and Doctor Scott,7 and in thus
becoming acquainted with our attitude. May I request that a copy
of this memorandum be sent to me as soon as possible.
862.001W64/80: Telegram
The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
PARIS, July 21, 1919, 8 p.m.
[Received July 22, 10.50 a.m.]
3247. Referring Hague's 6521, July 1, 6 p.m., and 6557 July 10,
6 p.m. The following further telegram from The Hague has been
received as number 315, July 15, 6 p.m.8
"M My British colleague informs me that van Karnebeek has talked
to him at length in regard to the ex-Kaiser question and after sketch-
ing in so many words the ridiculous position in which Clemenceau's
communication might place us if we really wanted to get the ex-
Kaiser, remarked that he knew of [from] Mr. Lansing's memorandum
that the American Government was not in accord with policy being
pursued. I have had no decisive answer from Department to my
6521, July 1, 6 p.m. (number 302 to you) and 6557 July 10, 6 p.m.
(number 311 to you).["]
I Not printed; Dr. James Brown Scott was technical adviser to the Commis-
sion to Negotiate Peace.
8 Also received at the Department of State, as No. 6571.

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