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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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best to make our visitors* stay in this country pleasant and
memorable.
"Immediately after the Coronation a meeting of the
Imperial Conference was held in London for the discussion
of matters of common concern to the members of the British
Commonwealth of Nations. The Conference was not
arranged for the purpose of solving any particular problems,
but, as in previous cases, its object was to enable the repre-
sentatives of the several parts of the British Commonwealth
to exchange information, to examine the events of the past
and the prospects of the future, and, by attaining a clear
understanding of their respective interests and responsibilities,
to establish a general harmony of aims and objects between His
Majesty's several Governments. This object was fully attained.
I have every reason to know that the Dominion Prime
Ministers and the other members of the Oversea Governments
whom we were delighted to welcome here felt at the con-
clusion of their labours that our full and frank discussions
had brought about a clear perception of the issues involved,
and that on all fundamental principles there was little or no
difference between us. To use the words of the Prime
Minister of Canada, the Conference showed once again how
peoples pursuing common ideals, but preserving the full
measure of their independence, can find means of working
together for the common good.
" Since the outbreak of hostilities in China it has been the
aim of His Majesty's Government to bring about a truce by
frequent representations to both sides, at the same time
keeping constantly in touch with the Governments of other
countries concerned, especially with that of the United States.
Unfortunately, these efforts have so far proved unsuccessful.
" When the League of Nations, on being appealed to by the
Chinese Government, referred the question to the League Far
Eastern Advisory Committee, His Majesty's Government
heartily welcomed the recommendation of that Committee
that the parties to the Nine-Power Treaty should consult
among themselves in accordance with Article VII of that
treaty. The most urgent necessity is that fighting should
cease in order to allow of a settlement between the two parties
on a proper basis, and we believe that the most hopeful means