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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

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)

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I added that the progress Liberia had made during the past two years
was most creditable in every way and in my opinion was of such a
positive character as to entitle her to being allowed to continue work-
ing out her own destiny unmolested by outside interference.
  Mr. Kulikowski volunteered the statement that Poland's only inter-
ests in Liberia were sentimental, due to the former connection between
the two countries at Geneva, and commercial, because of the Polish
Maritime and Colonial League's colony in Liberia.
  He asked me what the United States would do if some threat were
made against Liberia's independence. I told him that that was a ques-
tion which could only be answered by my superiors if and when such
a situation arose, but that I personally felt that any direct threat
against Liberia would arouse a storm of protest on the part of a large
group of the American people who had always maintained a keen
interest in Liberian affairs.
               Memorandum by the Secretary of State
                                 [WASHINGTON,] January 19, 1937.
  After talking with the Polish Ambassador on another subject
during his call, I then proceeded to emphasize the importance of
rehabilitation policies for the purpose of both economic and military
disarmament, particularly in Europe, stressing what had been said
and done at Buenos Aires.36 The Ambassador said that his Govern-
ment was rendering considerable service for peace just now, in view
of its geographical situation and position, to prevent different coun-
tries from getting in too close proximity. I expressed my keen interest
and appreciation of this and requested him to say so to Foreign Minis-
ter Beck.
  I then added that there is more or less suspense in many parts of
the world, for the reason that nations everywhere do not yet know
whether important countries, of Europe in particular, will definitely
and permanently pursue a course of narrow, cut-throat trade policies,
increasing armaments, militarism, and, ultimately, inevitable catas-
trophe either military or economic, and probably both,-or whether
these governments would finally make up their minds to turn to a
peaceful course of readjustment and settlement of economic and peace
problems in accordance with the preachments of the 21 American
Republics and other countries. I said that many backward and small
countries in isolated regions are speculating from time to time about
'The Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace, December
1-23, 1936; see Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. v, pp. 3 ff.

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