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Minorities Question Main Point on League Council Agenda

June 9, 1929
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Not much light could be secured on what the Council of the League of Nations in session here will do to satisfy the demands of the national minorities in Europe for changing the procedure so that speedier relief may be obtained for minorities which submit complaints against the governments of the countries in which they live.

The question is one of the major points on the agenda of the League Council, since the Council’s “Committee of Three,” composed of Sir Austen Chamberlain, former British Foreign Secretary, Senor Quinones de Leon of Spain and M. Adatchi of Japan, submitted a report rejecting the proposals made by Canada and Germany to radically change the procedure in the minorities complaint and to strengthen the role of the League of Nations as a guarantor of the minority clauses. The committee was appointed by the League Council at its March session when a sharp conflict between Foreign Minister Stresemann and the Polish Foreign Minister, Zaleski, was averted by the intervention of Aristede Briand.

Due to the change in the British government, action by the Council on the Committee’s report was delayed. At a meeting of the Council held in the building of the Spanish Senate, the report of the Committee of Three was read. The meeting was of a preliminary and private character, it being explained that the matter will later be taken up at the public session of the Council which is scheduled for Monday. M. Adatchi of Japan will preside at the session, according to the procedure.

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