In February the conference managed to avoid making a decision between the German contention for “equality” of treatment by revision of the Versailles Treaty restrictions on armament, and the French demand that these be retained. This was made possible by the formula presented by Sir John Simon, which simply postponed discussion of this matter until after the technical committees could get started on their work with the draft treaty, and by the formation of the general committee to consider political questions. M. Tardieu spent most of the first two weeks of March in France engaged in matters connected with the coming elections. He constantly maintained that the French delegation would never sign a treaty which did not provide for enforcement of the Versailles restrictions on Germany and that France would never reduce her present armaments unless given the guarantees for security that she demanded. It was rumored that he would reiterate the same statements to the conference at Geneva before the Easter recess, in spite of the fact that such action might easily cause the German delegation to leave.
Notes on the Geneva Conference
By Lieutenant Commander Schuyler Mills, U. S. Navy