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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Ethiopia,   pp. 679-717 PDF (13.5 MB)

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member of the British Religious Society, relating to the expulsion
from Ethiopia of certain American missionaries, several other articles
have appeared in the Italian press. The Tribuna, for example, in an
editorial on April 9th takes occasion to comment bitterly upon the lack
of desire of the British Government to control the British press and
the disastrous effect which this policy was having on Italo-British
  The representatives of the American press here have been anxious
to obtain information regarding this situation and accordingly I have
kept them informed, with Count Ciano's approval, of the steps being
taken to obtain authoritative information on the subject.
  Respectfully yours,                          WILLIAM PHILUPS
365D.1168/73: Telegram
     The Charge in Italy (Kirk) to the Secretary of State
                                      ROME, May 5, 1937-3 p. m.
                                   [Received May 11:55 a. mi.]
  200. Embassy's 159, April 14, 7 p. m. Foreign Office informs me
that Ministry of Colonies has ascertained that the report of the ex-
pulsion of the three members of the American Bible Missionary So-
ciety, referred to in paragraph 2 of the Embassy's telegram 152 of
April 9, 6 p. m., is unfounded and that the missionaries in question
are still in Addis Ababa.
365D.1163/82 Telegram
  The Ambiassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                     ROME, June 11, 1937-11 a. m.
                                   [Received June 11-9: 20 a. m.]
  272. My 159, April 14, 7 p. m. I was told day before yesterday by
the British Ambassador that Count Ciano had just informed him that
a new policy had been adopted against all foreign missions and mis-
sionaries in Ethiopia. This policy would require the withdrawal of
all missionaries and missions including American. Drummond added
that the Italian decision would become public on Monday next as the
result of a question and answer in the House of Commons.
  I immediately sought an interview with Ciano who received me
yesterday afternoon and confirmed the above information. The mis-
sionaries are to leave and the mission- property is to be appraised and
the societies indemnified.

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