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ARBITRATION AGREEMENT—FRANCE. JULY 19, 1923. 1745 [Excnmcn or Norms.] E¤=¤¤·¤8¤ ¤f ¤<>¢¤¤· [The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador.] Dnpanrmnnr or STATE, Washington, July 1.9, 1.923. Excellency: In connection with the signing today of an agreement for the renewal of the S Fmm S°°'°*¤'Y °Y Convention of Arbitration concluded between the United States and France, m°‘ February 10, 1908, and renewed from time to time, I have the honor, in pursuance of our informal conversations, to state the following understanding which I shall be glad to have you confirm on behalf of your Government. On February 24 last the President proposed to the Senate that it consent under certain stated conditions to the adhesion by the United States to the Protocol of December 16, 1920, under which the Permanent Court of International Justice has been created at The Hague. As the Senate does not convene in its regular session until December next, action upon this proposal will necessarily be delayed. In the event that the Senate gives its assent to the proposal, I understand that the Government of the French Republic will not be averse to considering a modification of the Convention of Arbitration which we are renewing, or the making of a separate agreement under which the disputes mentioned in the Convention could be referred to the Permanent Court of International Justice. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurance of my highest consideration. Cnnnnns E. Huenns His Excellency Mr. J. J. Jussrznaun _ Ambassador of Frrance. [The French Ambassador to the Secretary of State.] [Translation.] Eunnssr or run Fnmvcu Rnrunnic TO run Unrrnn Srwrns, Mr. Secretary of State: Washington, July 19, 1923. Fm Fmnch A Your Excellency was pleased, by your note dated this day, to suggest in ‘ m` connection with the renewal of the Arbitration Convention signed by France and the United States on February 10, 1908, and periodically renewed since, that the agreement of the two governments on the point specified as follows in your said note be placed on record. Your ExcelJency’s communication reads as follows: " On February 24 last the President proposed to the Senate that it consent under certain stated conditions to the adhesion by the United States to the Protocol of December 16, 1920, under which the Permanent Court of International Justice has been created at '1`he Hague. As the Senate does not convene in its regular session until December next, action upon this proposal will necessarily be delayed. In the event that the Senate givesits assent to the proposal, I understand that the Government of the French Republic will not be averse to considering a modification of the Convention of Arbitration which we are renewing, or the making of a separate agreement under which the disputes mentioned in the Convention could be referred to the Permanent Court of International Jnstice." I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that my Government, whose instructions have come to hand, entirely agrees with Your Excellency in this matter. Be pleased to accept, Mr. Secretary of State the assurances, etc. Jussmuxn His Excellency The Honorable Cnsanizs Evans fivenns, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C'.