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286 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr F. D. Roosevelt, U.S. President

Cablegram unnumbered 28 September 1938,

The whole world is grateful to you for your message to those
directly concerned in the European negotiations. [1] On behalf of
the people of Australia I urge that you should follow this up by
offering your services as a mediator in the cause of peace. War
will bring in its train evil results not only for Europe but for
your own great country and ours. In the name of our common ideals
I urge that you should cast the moral authority of your office and
your nation into the scale of peace. We are convinced that if you
could secure an extension of the time now set for the termination
of negotiations war would still be averted.


1 On 26 September President Roosevelt sent a message to Chancellor
Hitler, President Benes, and Prime Ministers Chamberlain and
Daladier, urging them not to break off negotiations. (see Foreign
Relations of the United States 1938, vol. 1 (Washington, 1955),
pp. 657-8).

[AA : A981, CZECHOSLOVAKIA 18, iii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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