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Esthonia Dodges Guarantee of Minority Rights

The failure of Esthonia to live up to its guarantees of the rights of the minorities and its refusal to sign a declaration pledging itself in this respect was taken up by the Council of the League of Nations.

The delegate from Esthonia, pleading before the Council insisted that such a guarantee from Esthonia was inadvisable and suggested that the Council be satisfied with a verbal undertaking instead.

Lord Robert Cecil taking issue with the Esthonian delegate insisted that verbal promises would not suffice and that the pledge must be written and regularly signed.

It was impossible to compromise on this question, Lord Cecil pointed out. In order to avoid such precedents, Esthonia must sign as Latvia did, he declared.

A subcommittee consisting of delegates from Britain, France, Sweden were appointed to grant a hearing to the Esthonia delegates and endeavor to find a solution.

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