INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE AGREEMENT REGARDING NON-INTERVENTION IN SPAIN.
Press Communique, 2nd July, 1937.
1. The fifty-sixth and fifty-seventh meetings of the Chairman's Sub-Committee were held at the Foreign Office to-day at 11 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. respectively.
2. Lord Plymouth said that he wished to put the position before the Committee as His Majesty's Government saw it. They did not wish non-intervention to break down, being in favour of that policy if accompanied by a supervision scheme. This they considered essential. A few months ago the Committee had been unanimous on this point, and, as a result, they had worked out their supervision scheme and put it into operation. In the interval nothing had occurred to persuade His Majesty's Government that the scheme was any less necessary now than it had been then. In the last week a gap had been caused by the withdrawal from the naval observation scheme of the German and Italian navies. At the last meeting, he had put forward proposals on behalf of His Majesty's Government and the French Government for filling that gap. These Governments considered this plan the best that could be devised in the circumstances. The German and Italian Representatives had then stated that this plan was not likely to be acceptable to their respective Governments. If this was the case, it rested with them to make other proposals to the same end. In the meantime, the United Kingdom and French Governments renewed their offer to take over the naval observation of the whole of the Spanish coast on the lines that he had indicated at the previous meeting. They were prepared,
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