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of the future frontiers of Czechoslovakia which has been
effected, and laid down the limits of the German occupation,
which die German Government accepted. They have now,
without, so far as I know, any communication with the other
three signatories to the Munich Agreement, sent their troops
beyond the frontier there laid down. But even though it may
now be claimed that what has taken place has occurred with
the acquiescence of the Czech Government, I cannot regard
the manner and the method by which these changes have
been brought about as in accord with the spirit of the Munich
" A further point which I would make is this : Hitherto the
German Government in extending the area of their military
control have defended their action by the contention that they
were only incorporating in the Reich neighbouring masses of
people of German race. Now for the first time they are
effecting a military occupation of territory inhabited by
people with whom they have no racial connection. These
events cannot fail to be a cause of disturbance to the inter-
national situation. They are bound to administer a shock to
confidence, all the more regrettable because confidence was
beginning to revive and to offer a prospect of concrete measures
which would be of general benefit.
" In a speech which I made at Birmingham on 3Oth January
last I pointed out that we ought to define our aims and attitude,
namely, our determination to search for peace. I added that I
felt it was time now that others should make their contribution
to a result which would overflow in benefits to many besides
those immediately concerned. It is natural, therefore, that I
should bitterly regret what has now occurred. But do not let
us on that account be deflected from our course. Let us
remember that the desire of all the peoples of the world still
remains concentrated on the hopes of peace and a return to
the atmosphere of understanding and good will which has
so often been disturbed. The aim of this Government is now,
as it has always been, to promote that desire and to substitute
the method of discussion for the method of force in the
settlement of differences. Though we may have to suffer
checks and disappointments, from time to time, the object that
we have in mind is of too great significance to die happiness of
mankind for us lightly to give it up or set it on one side."