No. 122 NAI DFA 26/31

Memorandum by Seán Lester for Eamon de Valera

Geneva, 20 September 1932

The President

Attached is the first draft of your speech in opening the Assembly.1 While it is not generally regarded as the national speech of the acting President it obviously cannot contain anything which is unacceptable to you. The draft has been prepared by the Secretary General, and may be modified, of course, as you wish. It would be desirable to exercise special care regarding the paragraphs relating to Disarmament, the Sino-Japanese dispute, and the Economic Conference.

Should you not wish specially to make another speech at the Assembly the draft could, perhaps, be modified to include your views, indicating that at such points you speak as ?the Representative of the Irish Free State'.

[initialled] S.L.2

1 Not printed.

2 Marginal note: 'Draft edition prepared by S. Lester re Secretary General's resignation.

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