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

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


Page 657

NETHERLANDS
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American Mission has replied as follows
" Your telegram 302, July 1, 6 p.m.; 311, July 10, 6 p.m.; and 315,
July 15, 6 p.m. Copies of pamphlet containing memorandum by
Mr. Lansing and Doctor Scott have been sent to you by courier.
Your non-committal attitude in the matter of the case against the
Emperor and Crown Prince is approved. As the note which was
handed in by the French Charge d'Affaires was sent with American
Mission's knowledge and approval you should carefully avoid any
expression of a statement which, if made known to our associates,
would tend to question our good faith. American Mission will be
glad to have you communicate fully whatever further information
you may obtain regarding the subject matter of the cables."
AMERICAN MISSION
862.001W64/93: Telegram
The Charge in the Netherlands (Gunther) to the Secretary of State
THE HAGUE, December 7, 1919, 1 p.m.
[Received 5.07 pr.m.]
7047. The Minister for Foreign Affairs confided to me the demand
for the " extradition " of the ex-Kaiser was about to be made and
he
asked me if I also knew this and I replied that I did not.
GUNTHER
862.001W64/93: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Charge in the Netherlands (Gunther)
WASHINGTON, December 13, 1919, 2 p.m.
3724. Your 7047, December 7, 1 p.m.
Department is without information in this matter. For your in-
formation and guidance following are quotations from telegram to
Ammission, Paris, November 27:9 "In view of the failure of the
Senate to ratify the treaty the President feels that you should with-
draw immediately the American representatives on all commissions
growing out of or dependent on either the Peace Conference or the
treaty " and " Until the Senate takes some action the Department
proposes to express no opinion concerning questions arising under
the terms of the treaty except those in which it may interest itself
because of the necessity to protect American interests."
Following out policy above indicated the United States will not
at present support any demand for the extradition of the ex-Kaiser
or participate in any way in his trial should it occur.
LANSING
2Printed in full in vol i, p. 21.


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