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is to say, the frontier would be altered according as the
majority were either Germans or Czechs on one side or the
other. In addition, certain other areas marked in green,
were to be the subject of a plebiscite but these were to remain
in the occupation of Czech troops. Both German and Czech
troops were to be withdrawn from the disputed areas during
the plebiscite and all further details were to be settled by a
joint German-Czech Commission.
" I returned to London on 24th September, and arrange-
ments were made for the German Memorandum and map to be
communicated directly to the Czech Government, who
received them that evening. On Sunday, the 25th, we
received from Mr. Masaryk, the Czech Minister here, the
reply of the Czech Government, which stated that they
considered Herr Hitler's demands in their present form to be
absolutely and unconditionally unacceptable. This reply was
communicated to the French Ministers, M. Daladier and
M. Bonnet, who arrived that same evening and exchanged
views with us on the situation. Conversations were resumed
the next morning, when the French Ministers informed us
that if Czechoslovakia were attacked, France would fulfil her
Treaty obligations, and in reply we told them that if as a
result of these obligations French forces became actively
engaged in hostilities against Germany, we should feel
obliged to support them.
" Meanwhile, as a last effort to preserve peace I sent Sir
Horace Wilson to Berlin on the 26th, with a personal message
to Herr Hitler to be delivered before the speech that Herr
Hitler was to make in Berlin at eight o'clock that night. The
French Ministers entirely approved this initiative and issued
a communique to that effect at midday. Sir Horace Wilson
took with him a letter—No. 9 on the White Paper-—from me,
pointing out that the reception of the German Memorandum
by the Czechoslovak Government and public opinion in the
world generally had confirmed the expectation which I had
expressed to him at Godesberg. I, therefore, made a further
proposal with a view to rendering it possible to get a settle-
ment by negotiation rather than by military force, namely,
that there should be immediate discussions between German
and Czechoslovak representatives in the presence of British