THE TERMINATION OF THE STRIFE
THE FALL of Barcelona and the collapse of all armed resistance in Catalonia early in February, 1939,1 coupled with the flight of the Spanish Republican Government into France,2 signalized the possibility of an early termination of the warfare in Spain. Considering the length, magnitude and repercussions of the strife, it was inevitable that the conclusion of hostilities should be accompanied by international complications.
The passage of President Azaña and members of his government into France on February 5, followed by the flight of Premier Negrín and other officials on February 9, raised diplomatic and legal issues not only for France but for all states which had continued to station diplomatic representatives near the Spanish Republican Government. It was announced by the French Government on February 9 that the former established government of Spain would be considered "no longer in existence" from the moment that Premier Negrín took refuge in French territory.3 Notwithstanding this pronouncement, the French Government continued to deal with the Republican leaders, both through Ambassador Jules Henry, who was stationed in southern France, and through the Spanish Embassy in Paris, to which President Azaña and others repaired, until the insurgents were reccognized as the de jure Government of Spain on February 27.4 In the meantime, Senator Léon Bérard was appointed "official representative of France" at Burgos on February 15, in order to facilitate negotiations with the insurgent authorities.5 The situation of the Spanish Republican Government located in France recalls the period____________________