INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE AGREEMENT REGARDING NON-INTERVENTION IN SPAIN.
Press communiqué, 28th May, 1937.
The twenty-second meeting of the Committee was held at the Foreign Office this afternoon at 3.0 p.m.
2. The Italian Representative gave full particulars to the Committee regarding the air raids on Palma on 24th and 26th May, 1937, during which six Italian officers on board the Italian naval auxiliary Barletta were killed and others, including the Captain of that vessel, were wounded.
After statements had been made to the Committee by the United Kingdom and German Representatives, and following upon a full discussion, the Committee unanimously agreed to adopt the following resolution:-
In advance of the receipt of full reports regarding the circumstances attending the air attacks on shipping lying off Palma on 24th and 26th May, 1937, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR NON-INTERVENTION IN SPAIN deeply deplore both the loss of the lives of Italian Officers on board the Italian naval auxiliary Barletta and also the fact that bombs were dropped in close proximity to British, German, and other Italian naval vessels.
The Committee note that the British Representative at Valencia has asked for, and has received, an assurance that a specified area will be defined at Palma for use as a safety anchorage. The Committee are of the opinion that the area so defined should be made available to the warships of other nations engaged on naval observation, of whose heavy responsibilities they are fully conscious.
The Committee reserve the right to express further views on the whole question on receipt of the reports for which they have asked.