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February 2010

(AboveIrish Times article dated 10 February 1940 outlining US President Roosevelt’s initiative to discuss informally with neutral states in Europe the subject of the economic system and armaments reduction with a view to “the eventual restoration of world peace”. Mr Sumner Welles, US Under-Secretary of State, is given the task of sounding out opinion on these matters in both the leading Allied and Axis countries in what is viewed as an American drive for peace in Europe.

(NAI, Office of the Secretary to the President, PRES 1/P 1598)