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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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ably and to try and adopt it. Therefore, while undoubtedly
the economic problem must always be an important factor
in any endeavour to bring about a better state of things in
Europe, it is much more likely to receive favourable con-
sideration if it has been preceded by some easing of political
tension beforehand.
" Hon. Members will recall that soon after the visit of the
Lord President to Germany, we had the pleasure of receiving
a visit here from the French Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister. I gave the House at the time a very full account
of the conversations and of the happy result of that conference,
and, therefore, I need not recapitulate it, but I may say again
that the harmony which was proved to exist between the two
Governments upon all the important issues which we discussed
was, and is, a source of deep satisfaction to His Majesty's
Government. Subsequently, M. Delbos, owing to the
courteous initiative of the German Foreign Minister, had an
opportunity of a brief but useful exchange of views with
Baron Von Neurath in Berlin on his way out to visit a number
of European capitals.
" There is just one other point that I would like to make
before I leave the question of these conversations, although
perhaps it is really unnecessary, I should like to say that
in these conversations there has been no attempt, either on
the one hand to break up or to weaken friendships and under-
standings already arrived at, or on the other hand to set up
blocs and groups of Powers in opposition to one another. We
believe that, although different countries have different
methods of managing their own affairs, there is something
which is common to them all, and that is the natural desire
to improve their own condition; and since we believe that
the fulfilment of that desire can only be achieved by the
help of others and by a real understanding and effort to meet
others' needs,, we conceive that any effort that we can make to
promote harmony and to remove legitimate causes of grievances
among the nations may well bring its own reward hereafter,
if it should Drove to have been a rnntrifmtinn f-n t^ o^twol
welfare of the world."
MR. A. V. ALEXANDER : " Before the Prime Minister leaves
this point, with the statement issued after the French visit/