Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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formally or informally, with the United States, provided that the commercial blockade against England will not be broken thereby.

" P. RITTER."

This memorandum was given immediate consideration and the following reply was dispatched today:

"MY DEAR MR. MINISTER: I am requested by the President to
say to you, in acknowledging the memorandum which you were kind
enough to send me on the 11th instant, that the Government of the
United States would gladly discuss with the German Government any
questions it might propose for discussion were it to withdraw its pro-
clamation of the 31st of January in which, suddenly and without pre-
vious intimation of any kind, it canceled the assurances which it had
given this Government on the 4th of last May, but that it does not
feel that it can enter into any discussion with the German Government
concerning the policy of submarine warfare against neutrals which
it is now pursuing unless and until the German Government renews its
assurances of the 4th of May and acts upon the assurance.

"I am, my dear Mr. Minister, etc.,

" ROBERT LANSING.

"HIS EXCELLENCY DR. PAUL RITTER, " Minister of Switzerland."

No other interchange on this subject had taken place between this Government and any other Government or person.


PROPOSALS OF THE DE FACTO GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO FOR TERMINATING THE EUROPEAN WAR1
February 12, 1917

By direction of Citizen Venustiano Carranza, First Chief of the Constitutionalist Army, in charge of the executive power of the Mexican Nation, I have the honor of addressing to your Excellency the following note, which the above named high mandatory has seen fit to send to the neutral countries:

____________________
1
4 Dip. Corr., 349. The Mexican Consul General at San Francisco to Secretary Lansing.

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