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

Cablegram 96 26 September 1938,


Following for Prime Minister [1]

We have followed with great admiration your initiative and courage
in the face of extreme difficulties. As we have approved of your
policy we have not thought it necessary to encumber you with our
advice, but think that the time has now come to make three points.

First, we think that the cession of Sudeten areas to Germany
having been agreed upon in principle, the precise method of giving
effect to the decision is not a matter of sufficient importance to
warrant a dispute leading to war. We fully appreciate questions of
national pride, but think that before a ruinous, and perhaps
inconclusive, war is permitted, consideration should be given, not
to the value of what has already been conceded, but to the value
of the actual points now in difference.

Second, we think that the form of the questions to be put to the
people of Sudeten areas by plebiscite, and also the questions of
procedure relating to the plebiscite, should either be settled
forthwith by agreement or left to be conclusively determined by
some neutral authority. Unless these matters are cleared up before
the actual taking over of areas by Germans we can foresee much
future trouble and dangerous controversy under circumstances
unfairly disadvantageous to Czechoslovakia.

Third, we think public opinion will require adequate assurances as
to future of Czechoslovakia.


1 This cablegram was sent through the U.K. Dominions Secretary.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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