Resolution adopted by the I.F.T.U. and L.S.I. on 16th September, 1937.
The I.F.T.U. and the L.S.I. have on various occasions, and particularly in their resolution of the 24th June last, laid down the common policy which they intend to pursue with a view to the restoration of international law in Spain and the maintenance of general peace by a resolute application of collective security.
Events have only too convincingly proved the correctness of their view, and they are more than ever determined to pursue most energetically and with all the means at their command the execution of the programme which they have decided on, in the said resolution.
If public opinion desires it with enough force, the Council and Assembly of the League, which are at the moment in session, can contribute to a great extent in saving peace and restoring the rule of law. The Internationals demand that the following measures be taken at once as a first step :
(1) The definite suppression of piracy in the Mediterranean and the effective establishment of free navigation for all recognised flags. Although the Nyon Agreement may be welcomed as a first endeavour towards the attainment of this end, it is obviously inadequate, and the intervention of the League remains a necessity.
(2) The withdrawal of the armies of invasion sent to Spain by the Fascist Powers, of which the real nature has been stressed by the recent cynical utterances of Mussolini and Hitler. Under Art. 10 of the Covenant, the members of the League of Nations are pledged to "respect and preserve as against external aggression the territorial integrity and existing political independence of all members of the League." It is high time that according to the provisions of the Covenant, the Council "shall advise upon the means by which this obligation shall be fulfilled."
(3) The restoration of the right of the legal Government of Spain to purchase in the international market the arms it needs for the re-establishment of order and peace in its territory, which obviously constitutes one of the means to ensure the execution of the above-mentioned obligation.
The Internationals call on all their affiliated organisations to redouble their efforts to ensure the success of their common policy. The Internationals are themselves sending a delegation to Geneva to present their demands.
In conveying to the heroic fighters of Republican Spain the admiration and confidence of all the workers of the world, the IFTU and the LSI, in view of the efforts made by the Socialist and Trade Unionists comrades of Spain to render their resistance to Fascism more and more unified and closely knit, assures them that the affiliated organisations will pursue their efforts to bring to bear on the governments and on the public opinion of their countries the pressure which is necessary in order to obtain the help which the Spanish comrades merit.