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of Czechoslovakia is the latest and perhaps the most dangerous.
Now that we have got past it, I feel that it may be possible
to make further progress along the road to sanity.
" My right hon. Friend has alluded in somewhat bitter terms
to my conversation last Friday morning with Herr Hitler.
I do not know why that conversation should give rise to
suspicion, still less to criticism. I entered into no pact. I
made no new commitments. There is no secret understand-
ing. Our conversation was hostile to no other nation. The
objects of that conversation, for which I asked, was to try to
extend a little further the personal contact which I had estab-
lished with Herr Hitler and which I believe to be essential
in modern diplomacy. We had a friendly and entirely non-
committal conversation, carried on, on my part, largely with
a view to seeing whether there could be points in common
between the head of a democratic Government and the ruler
of a totalitarian State. We see the result in the declaration
which has been published, in which my right hon. Friend
(Mr. Duff Cooper) finds so much ground for suspicion.
What does it say ?
" There are three paragraphs. The first says that we
" ' in recognising that the question of Anglo-German relations
is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe/
Does anyone deny that? The second is an expression of
opinion only. It says that:
"  We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-
German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of the
two peoples never to go to war with one another again/
Once more I ask, does anyone doubt that that is the desire of
the two peoples ? What is the last paragraph ?
" ' We are resolved that the method of consultation shall
be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that
may concern our two countries, and we are determined to
continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference
and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.*
Who will stand up and condemn that sentence ?