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RANTZAU'S VIEWS

POSITION REALISED.

(Received April 23,. 1.30 .p.m.) LONDON, .April 19

The "Frankfurt Gazette, states that the German delegates -are formulating claims against .the Entente for compensation -for aid raids, the expenses incurred owing to the delays in the conclusion of peace, and -the,: prolongation of the blockade.

BERLIN,; April 19. Rantzau, on being interviewed by the "Nieue Frie Presse,'" deprecated a suggestion that Germany .should take advantage of the Entente dissensions.

The interviewer remarked: "The dissensions at the Peace Conference.-must te very serious."

R&ntzau rejoined: "So you are bent. on making me play the role of a Talleyrand at the preliminary Peace Conference^., Kut things are very different now from 100 years ago. To-day, the people themselves take an active part in directing the course of > history., That gives a completely different background to the peace negotiations. . It would, moveover, be foolish to attempt to play off T>ne of our enemies against others. Their relations are so close that such, an attempt would soon "be disclosed." Rantzau added that he thought it would be worthier of the nation of 70,000,000 to convince all the enemies openly and straightforwnrdly of the < justice for which she had been striving, rather than by descending to naltry intrigjies to fill with fresh explosives the political atmosphere, which was still'poisoned -'with the effects of the war propaganda. Germany and the whole world had reI reived such severe wounds in the past ; four years th|it all interested in the j healinir process should work, smoothly.

Continuing, Rantzau said: Especially in the matter of the world's economic, recovery, our enemies are as much concerned that we should retain an ability to meet obligations, as we are interested, that in future commercial relations we should be dealing with.. contractors on whose solidarity we can rely. So many mutual interests, are involved affecting all participants in .the firfal peace discussions, that provided there is a certain amount of goodwill, a basis is afforded for an honest understanding, which to us means a peace of. Justice.

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RANTZAU'S VIEWS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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RANTZAU'S VIEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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