No. 134-138: Belgian-Dutch Joint Mediation Attempt
ww2dbase----- The British War Bluebook No. 134 -----
From: Robert Clive, British Ambassador to Belgium
Sent: Monday, 28 Aug 1939
To: Viscount Halifax, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
I HAVE just been to see Prime Minister, who tells me he had also convoked French, German and Italian Ambassadors and Polish Minister for the following purpose:-
The King of the Belgians and the Queen of Holland wish jointly to offer their good offices in the hope of averting war.
Similar communication was being made at The Hague to the same five representatives.
I promised to telephone immediately to your Lordship.
----- The British War Bluebook No. 135 -----
From: Viscount Halifax, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Sent: Thursday, 31 Aug 1939
To: Robert Clive, British Ambassador to Belgium and Nevile Bland, Chargé d'affaires to the Netherlands
YOUR telegram of 28th August: Initiative of Belgian and Netherlands Sovereigns.
Please inform Belgian/Netherlands Government that His Majesty's Government have received with pleasure the intimation that the King of the Belgians and the Queen of the Netherlands wish jointly to offer their good offices in the interests of moderation in the present crisis, and in the hope of averting war. His Majesty's Government welcome this offer on the part of the two Sovereigns, and will be glad to take advantage of it should the occasion present itself. Meanwhile, they deeply appreciate the intentions which have prompted this initiative.
----- The British War Bluebook No. 136 -----
From: The French Government
----- The British War Bluebook No. 137 -----
From: The Italian Government
----- The British War Bluebook No. 138 -----
From: The Polish Government
Source: The British War Bluebook; courtesy of Yale Law School Avalon Project
Added By: C. Peter Chen
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