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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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an advance of 10,000,000, which would be at that Govern-
ment's disposal for their urgent needs. How this advance
will be related to the final figure which may be decided upon
hereafter is for the future. Manifestly, all of this depends upon
many factors which cannot now be determined. The precise
character of the problem will wTant expert examination, in
which we shall, if desired, be very willing to be associated, and
during the coming weeks the resulting situation and its needs
can be more fully explored.
" What we feel to be required and justified now is that the
action I have mentioned should be taken without any delay,
first, to assist the Czechoslovak State in what must be the
crisis of its difficulties. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, on
behalf of the Government, has addressed a letter to the Bank
of England requesting the Bank to provide the necessary credit
of 10,000,000 sterling, and when the House resumes its
sittings in November Parliament will be asked to pass the
necessary legislation to reimburse the Bank from the
Exchequer.
" I pass from that subject, and I would like to say a few
words in respect of the various other participants, besides our-
selves, in the Munich Agreement. After everything that has
been said about the German Chancellor to-day and in the
past, I do feel that the House ought to recognise the difficulty
for a man in that position to take back such emphatic declara-
tions as he had already made amidst the enthusiastic cheers of
his supporters, and to recognise that in consenting, even
though it were only at the last moment, to discuss with the
representatives of other Powers those tilings which he had
declared he had already decided once for all, was a real and a
substantial contribution on his part. With regard to Signor
Mussolini, his contribution was certainly notable and perhaps
decisive. It was on his suggestion that the final stages of
mobilisation were postponed for twenty-four hours to give us
an opportunity of discussing the situation, and I wish to say
that at the Conference itself both he and the Italian Foreign
Secretary, Count Ciano, were most helpful in the discussions.
It was they who, very early in the proceedings, produced the
Memorandum which M. Daladier and I were able to accept
as a basis of discussion. I think that Europe and the world