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would involve assurances from Czechoslovakia that in no
circumstances would she attack any of her neighbours and it
would also mean guarantees from the principal Powers of
Europe against aggression.
" Lord Runciman recommended that, in order to carry out
the policy he was advocating, an international commission
should be invited to deal with the delimitation of the area
transferred to Germany and with controversial points arising
from the execution of whatever agreement was reached. He
also recommended the organisation of an international force
to keep order in the transferred districts, so that the Czecho-
slovak troops and police might be withdrawn as soon as
" Naturally, His Majesty's Government felt it necessary to
consult the French Government before they replied to Herr
Hitler, and, accordingly, M. Daladier and M. Bonnet were
invited to fly to London for conversations with British
Ministers on i8th September. Perhaps I may read the com-
muniqu6 which was issued after those conversations, and
which read as follows :
"c After a full discussion of the present international
situation, the representatives of the British and French
Governments are in complete agreement as to the policy to be
adopted with a view to promoting a peaceful solution of the
Czechoslovak question. The two Governments hope that
thereafter it will be possible to consider a more general
settlement in the interests of European peace.9
During these conversations the representatives of the two
Governments were guided by a desire to find a solution which
would not bring about a European War, and, therefore, a
solution which would not automatically compel France to
take action in accordance with her obligations. It was agreed
that the only means of achieving this object was to accept the
principle of self-determination, and, accordingly, the British
and the French Ministers in Prague were instructed to inform
the Czechoslovak Government that the further maintenance
within the boundaries of the Czechoslovak State of the
districts mainly inhabited by Sudeten Germans could not
continue any longer without imperilling the interests of
Czechoslovakia herself and of European peace. The Czecho-