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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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made to secure peace. In spite of these plain words, this
conversation was carried on on more friendly terms than any
that had yet preceded it, and Herr Hitler informed me that
he appreciated and was grateful for my efforts, but that he
considered that he had made a response since he had held
back the operations which he had planned and that he had
offered in his proposal to Czechoslovakia a frontier very
different from the one which he would have taken as the result
of military conquest.
" I think I should add that before saying farewell to Herr
Hitler I had a few words with him in private, which I do not
think are without importance. In the first place he repeated to
me with great earnestness what he had said already at Berchtes-
gaden, namely, that this was the last of his territorial ambitions
in Europe and that he had no wish to include in the Reich
people of other races than Germans. In the second place he
said, again very earnestly, that he wanted to be friends with
England and that if only this Sudeten question could be got
out of the way in peace he would gladly resume conversa-
tions. It is true he said : * There is one awkward question,
the Colonies.' [HON. MEMBERS : * Spain.'] (Laughter.)
I really think that at a time like this these are not subjects for
idle laughter. They are words which count in the long run
and ought to be fully weighed. He said : * There is one
awkward question, the Colonies, but that is not a matter for
war,* and, alluding to the mobilisation of the Czechoslovakia!!
Army, which had been announced to us in the middle of
our conversations and had given rise to some disturbance, he
said, about the Colonies : fi There will be no mobilisation
about that/
" I may now briefly recapitulate the contents of the
Memorandum. It proposed immediate separation from
Czechoslovakia of areas shaded on the map. These areas
included all areas in which Sudeten Germans constituted more
than 50 per cent of the population, and some additional
areas. These were to be completely evacuated by Czech
soldiers and officials and occupied by German troops by
ist October. A plebiscite was to be held in November, and
according to the results, a definitive frontier was to be settled
by a German-Czech or an International Commission; that