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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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of achieving this purpose is through the Conference now being
held at Brussels, whose mandate is to * seek a method of
putting an end to the conflict by agreement/
" In our view an essential factor for success in any endeavour
to bring about a settlement is the co-operation of the United
States, whose influence and interests in the Far East are so
considerable. We rejoice, therefore, that in the admirable
exposition of the objects of the Conference which he gave
in his opening speech Mr. Norman Davis made it clear
that all the participating Governments are assured of the
constructive co-operation of the United States Government.
His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, for their
part, are prepared, as the Foreign Secretary declared on the
same occasion, to offer the very fullest collaboration to promote
the success of the Conference. The prolongation of this
unhappy conflict, with all the misery and suffering which it
involves, can only result in increasing damage to each of the
two great nations concerned, and we, who have a long tradi-
tion of friendly relations with both of them, will anxiously
await the day when their differences shall be composed and
they can once again turn their attention to the development
of their resources and the welfare of their respective peoples.
" I have spoken of the pleasure with which His Majesty's
Government received the news of the readiness of the Govern-
ment of the United States of America to co-operate in the
Brussels Conference. We regard that action as a first and
most valuable step towards the fulfilment of the desire
expressed by President Roosevelt at Chicago for a concerted
effort by peace-loving nations for the sanctity of treaties and
the settlement of differences by peaceful means. We are
convinced that a closer understanding and a more complete
community of purpose between our two nations may do much
to assist the cause for which the President has pleaded, and
which is also nearest to our hearts. We are now engaged in
informal discussions with a view to the eventual conclusion
of an Anglo-American trade agreement, and I earnestly hope
that, in spite of all the difficulties to be surmounted, we may
succeed in arriving at an accord which might well bring
benefits to the world far transcending the immediate advantages
to the trade of our respective countries.