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148 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr N. Chamberlain, U.K. Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered 21 March 1938,


I need hardly tell you that we have been following the course of
events with the greatest of attention and have carefully reviewed
recent developments during Cabinet Meetings [1] over the last few
days. My Government in the belief that an understanding with Italy
will be the most valuable contribution to general appeasement at
the present time and in the best interests of the Empire, hopes
that no effort will be spared to come to terms with Italy. In this
respect, the outline of the resumption of conversations in
Circular telegram B. 66 [2] appears most hopeful. We are greatly
appreciative of your efforts to prevent any further deterioration
in the situation, and of your handling of an extremely difficult
situation and we hope your efforts to obtain general agreement for
the principle of friendly collaboration in the rectification of
grievances instead of the methods recently employed, will be


1 No record of these Cabinet meetings has been found.

2 Circular cablegram B66 of 19 March 1938 from Dominions Secretary
MacDonald to Prime Minister Lyons, not printed, stated that on 15
March conversations had been resumed between the Italian Foreign
Minister, Count Ciano, and the British Ambassador in Rome, Lord
Perth. The cablegram summarised the progress being made on a
number of issues (See AA : A981, Italy 30, i).

[AA : A981, GREAT BRITAIN 8B, ii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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