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INCLUSION OF NEUTRALS.

PARIS, March 28. 'Mr A. J. Fraser states that thirteen neutrals conferred with the League's sub-committee and offered suggestions and many amendments to meet their ■ views. The neutrals displayed a inendly interest in the proceedings without giving pledges. The impression derived : fs that many, if not all, will join the League. A provision is inserted cleariv protecting their, sovereign powers. It is also made clear that in the decisions of the executive and delegates, except where otherwise provided, care will oe ■ talcen lor a small btate to have equal Dower with a large State in dealing wun subjects affecting its interest. There is also an express reservation tnat the .League must not interfere with the internal affairs of any country. ' The executive is given power to enlarge its numbers, provided the ratio between large and small States is main- • tamed, but only after the approval of the delegates' Council. My Fraser says his authority states that a definite pledge has been given that the Covenant will be "discussed at the plenary session. The Japanese will then press their claim for equality. He admitted that although the League provided for non-interference in the internal affairs of a country, there had been occasions when an internal maY ter had developed into an international one. The League might be called upon to settle such an arfair, therefore it was somewhat difficult to clearly say what was purely an internal affair. Even the question of immigration might assume international importance.

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INCLUSION OF NEUTRALS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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INCLUSION OF NEUTRALS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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