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PROBLEM FOR THE LEAGUE. DISCUSSION AT GENEVA. COUNCIL MEETS ON MONDAY. ALLIES AND GERMAN PACT. By Telegraph—Presa Association—Copyright. (Received 7.5 p.m.) A. and N.Z. LONDON. Juno 4. The meeting of Mr. Austen Chamberlain, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with M. Briand, French Foreign Minister, is oxpectcd to be tho most significant featuro of tho 34th session of the Council of the League of Nations, which is to open at Geneva on Monday. The session will probably conclude in four days. The only items on tho agenda aro tho unending squabble between Poland and the'Freo City of Danzig, and the question of tho treatment of minorities in. the Littlo States created by tho Treaty of Versailles. It is understood that Mr. Chamberlain would not have attended but for the opportunity of conferring with M. Briand regarding tho terms of the French reply to Germany's proposals for a security pact. The French press asserts that the British Prime Minister, Mr. Stanley Baldwin, and Mr. Chamberlain are willing to bind Britain to give military support to France and Belgium in caso of German aggression, but that they are not willing to pledgo her concerning Poland and Czecho-Slovakia. This statement, however, is not confirmed in London in such an explicit form. Before leaving Danzig for the League Council meeting at Geneva in March M. Henry Strasburger, the Polish Minister and General Commissioner at Danzig, granted an interview to the correspondent of the Morning Post, in the course of which he explained the administrative difficulties of Polish affairs in the Free City. He pointed out that the real life of the city and of the port as the clearing house and intermediary of Poland's export traffic and business was negatived by political activity. He recalled the flagrant activities of Pan-Germanism carried on under the nose of—or rather in spite of—the League mandate, which affirms that matters relating to foreign affairs in Danzig should be conducted by Poland. These activities should be borne in mind when considering the external relations between Danzig and Poland. M. Strasburger emphasised that the Danzig authorities, acting under the influence of the atmosphere created by Berlin, raised innumerable little questions to give a false impression of the situation and to make it appear that Poland is intransigent and aggressive. " Far from being either intransigent or aggressive," said the Minister, " Poland is only too anxious to work amicably with the Danzigers for the development of their port.—an end that the Danzigers do not yet seem to see would be infinitely more profitable to them than playing the game of the German Nationalists, Hitlerites, etc."

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19036, 5 June 1925

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POLAND AMD DANZIG. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19036, 5 June 1925