From March 3 to April 3
LONDON NAVAL CONFERENCE
Progress Toward Security Pact.— Despite the heroic efforts of the British and American delegates at the London conference to avoid dangerous political commitments, it became increasingly clear during March that the conference could be saved only by meeting in some manner the French demand for a definite statement of what England and the United States would do on threat of war. At last, during the first week of April a solution appeared in sight when it was announced that British and French representatives had agreed in an interpretation of Article XVI of the League Covenant, relating to concerted action against an aggressor nation, which would in some measure meet French demands. Assurances in this point from Britain would clear the way for a purely “consultative pact” in which the United States would be included, and thus lead to French naval reductions, and the possibility of a five-power limitation agreement on the basis of figures already virtually accepted by the United States, Great Britain, and Japan.