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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)

Page 686

  Please bring this situation urgently to attention of Foreign Office
in such manner as you think appropriate and ask that instructions
be sent immediately to authorities in Addis Ababa to render prompt
and effective protection to Legation and its personnel.
  With reference to paragraph 5 of above quoted telegram, the
Department is instructing Engert as follows:
  [Here follows second paragraph of telegram printed infra.]
765.84/51s7: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Minister Resident in Ethiopia (Engert)
                           WASHINGTON, February 24, 1937-6 p. m.
  26. Your 49, February 21, 9 a. m. received late last night. The
situation is being brought to the attention of the Embassy at Rome
which is to request that the necessary instructions be sent to the author-
ities at Addis Ababa to take prompt and effective steps to protect
the Legation and its personnel.
  While the Department, for humanitarian reasons, does not desire to
instruct you regarding the natives who have taken refuge in the com-
pound, it is obvious that the presence of these persons adds greatly
to the danger of you and your staff. It is hoped that you will be
able to take steps to remove such refugees as soon as you can do so
without placing them in danger of their lives.
  Please reply as quickly as possible to our cable of yesterday 4 and
report situation to date.
765.84/5197: Telegram
The Minister Resident in Ethiopia (Engert) to the Secretary of State
                           ADDIS ABABA, February 25,1937-A p. m.
                               [Received February 26-3: 15 p. m.I
  61. My 55, February 23, 3 p. m. The last of the refugees left
the Legation last night and have not been molested. Food has been
provided by the authorities as promised.
  By actual count 700 Ethiopians had taken refuge in the Legation
between February 19 and 23 of whom 243 [were] men, 262 women and
195 children. Before leaving, a delegation from them very touch-
ingly expressed their gratitude to the United States Government "for
saving our lives".
'Telegram No. 24, February 23, 7 p. m., p. 684.

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