No. 7 NAI DFA 417/105
Geneva, 29 April 1926
With reference to my letter of April 13th (M.L.03/041),1 referring to the objection lodged by the British Government against the registration of the London Agreement of December 1925,2 I wish to draw your attention to the fact that unless a reply to the British note is forthcoming from us our position as regards the registration with the Secretariat of the League of Nations of any future agreements or Treaties with Great Britain will be considerably prejudiced. If we leave the British note unanswered, it will be held by the League authorities that we have agreed to its conclusions and once a precedent of this nature is established, it is very difficult to undo it.
I have urged on the Assistant Secretary General the necessity of keeping any reference to this matter out of the press, but in the course of a week or two, it is bound to appear in the Treaty Series, when it becomes public property and then there is no doubt but, if unanswered, the press will draw conclusions from our silence, which will not be in our favour.
Is mise, le meas,
[signed] M. MacWhite
The Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series has published an eBook of confidential correspondence on the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations.
The international network of Editors of Diplomatic Documents was founded in 1988. Delegations from different parts of the world met for the first time in London in 1989.
Read more ....