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(TREATY SERIES, No. 8301

TREATY FOR THE LIMITATION AND REDUCTION OF NAVAL ARMAMENT BE

TWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE BRITISH EMPIRE,
FRANCE, ITALY, AND JAPAN, SIGNED AT LONDON, APRIL 22, 1930

[Note by the Department of State]

With the exception of part IV which, under the first exception in article 23, “shall remain in force without limit of time”, and of the provisions of articles 3, 4, and 5, and of article 11 and annex II to part II so far as they relate to aircraft carriers, the Treaty for the Limitation and Reduction of Naval Armament, signed on the part of the United States of America, the British Empire, France, Italy, and Japan at London on April 22, 1930, and ratified by the United States, the British Empire, and Japan, ceased to be in force on December 31, 1936, in accordance with the provision of article 23 thereof, that the treaty should remain in force until that date.

The provisions of articles 3, 4, and 5, and of article 11 and annex II to part II so far as they relate to aircraft carriers, terminated on December 31, 1936, under the second exception in article 23, that they should remain in force for the same period as the “Washington Treaty” (Treaty for the Limitation of Naval Armament, between the United States of America, the British Empire, France, Italy, and Japan, signed at Washington on February 6, 1922), by reason of the termination of the “Washington Treaty" pursuant to a notice given by Japan on December 29, 1934.

The Governments of France and Italy, which did not ratify the treaty of 1930 in its entirety, ratified part IV, and their instruments of ratification of part IV were deposited with the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on November 6, 1936. Part IV of the treaty of 1930 is therefore now in force without limit of time among the United States of America, the British Empire, France, Italy, and Japan.

The rules of international law in part IV are also in effect with respect to Germany, which acceded thereto on November 23, 1936; Belgium, which acceded on December 23, 1936; the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which acceded on December 27, 1936; Greece, which acceded on January 11, 1937; Haiti, which acceded on January 23, 1937; Nepal, which acceded on January 27, 1937; Sweden,

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which acceded on February 15, 1937; Finland, which acceded on February 18, 1937; Panama, which acceded on February 26, 1937; Bulgaria, which acceded on March 1, 1937; and Albania, which acceded on March 3, 1937. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, March 31, 1937.

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS a Treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament was concluded and signed at London on April 22, 1930, by the respective plenipotentiaries of the President of the United States of America, the President of the French Republic, His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India, His Majesty the King of Italy and His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the original of which Treaty, being in the French and English languages, is word for word as follows:

Le Président des Etats-Unis The President of the United d'Amérique, le. Président de la States of America, the President République Française, Sa Ma- of the French Republic, His jesté le Roi de Grande-Bretagne, Majesty the King of Great Brid'Irlande et des Territoires Bri- tain, Ireland and the British Dotanniques au delà des Mers, minions beyond the Seas, EmEmpereur des Indes, Sa Majesté peror of India, His Majesty the le Roi d'Italie et Sa Majesté King of Italy, and His Majesty l'Empereur du Japon,

the Emperor of Japan, Soucieux de prévenir les dan- Desiring to prevent the dangers et de réduire les charges gers and reduce the burdens inhérents à une rivalité d'arme- inherent in competitive armaments,

ments, and Désireux de faire progresser Desiring to carry forward the l'euvre commencée par la Con- work begun by the Washington férence Navale de Washington Naval Conference and to faciliet de faciliter la réalisation pro- tate the progressive realization gressive d'une limitation et d'une of general limitation and reducréduction générales des arme- tion of armaments, ments, Ont résolu de conclure

Have resolved to conclude & Traité pour la limitation et la Treaty for the limitation and réduction des armements navals, reduction of naval armament, et ont à cet effet désigné pour and have accordingly appointed leurs Plénipotentiaires:

as their Plenipotentiaries: Le Président des Etats-Unis The President of the United d'Amérique:

States of America: Henry L. Stimson, Secrétaire Henry L. Stimson, Secretary d'Etat;

of State; Charles G. Dawes, Ambas- Charles G. Dawes, Ambassa

sadeur près la Cour de St. dor to the Court of St. James;

James;

un

Charles Francis Adams, Secré- Charles Francis Adams, Secretaire pour la Marine;

tary of the Navy; Joseph T. Robinson, Sénator Joseph T. Robinson, Senator de l'Etat d'Arkansas;

from the State of Arkansas; David A. Reed, Sénator de David A. Reed, Senator from l'État de Pennsylvanie;

the State of Pennsylvania; Hugh Gibson, Ambassadeur en Hugh Gibson, Ambassador to Belgique;

Belgium; Dwight W. Morrow, Ambas- Dwight W. Morrow, Ambassasadeur au Mexique;

dor to Mexico; Le Président de la République The President of the French Française:

Republic: M. André Tardieu, Député, Mr. André Tardieu, Deputy,

Président du Conseil des President of the Council of Ministres, Ministre de l'In- Ministers, Minister of the térieur;

Interior; M. Aristide Briand, Député,

Mr. Aristide Briand, Deputy, Ministre des Affaires Etran- Minister for Foreign Affairs;

gères; M. Jacques-Louis Dumesnil, Mr. Jacques-Louis Dumesnil,

Député, Ministre de la Deputy, Minister of Marine;

Marine; M. François Piétri, Député, Mr. François Piétri, Deputy, Ministre des Colonies;

Minister of the Colonies; M. Aimé-Joseph de Fleuriau, Mr. Aimé-Joseph de Fleuriau,

Ambassadeur de la Républi- Ambassador of the French que Française près la Cour Republic at the Court of St. de St. James;

James; Sa Majesté le Roi de Grande- His Majesty the King of Great Bretagne, d'Irlande et des Terri- Britain, Ireland and the British toires Britanniques au delà des Dominions beyond the Seas, EmMers, Empereur des Indes:

peror of India: pour la Grande-Bretagne et for Great Britain and North

l'Irlande du Nord et toutes ern Ireland and all parts of les parties de l'Empire the British Empire which Britannique qui ne sont pas

are not separate Members individuellement Membres

of the League of Nations: de la Société des Nations: Le Très-Honorable James The Right Honourable James

Ramsay MacDonald, M.P., Ramsay MacDonald, M.P., Premier Lord de Sa Tréso- First Lord of His Treasury rerie et Premier Ministre;

and Prime Minister; Le Très-Honorable Arthur Hen- The Right Honourable Arthur

derson, M. P., Son Principal Henderson, M.P., His PrinSecrétaire d'Etat pour les cipal Secretary of State for Affaires Etrangères;

Foreign Affairs;

Le Très-Honorable Albert Vic

tor Alexander, M.P., Premier Lord de Son Amirauté;

The Right Honourable Albert

Victor Alexander, M. P.,
First Lord of His Admi-

ralty; The Right Honourable Wil

liam Wedgwood Benn, D.S.O.,
D.F.C., M.P., His

His Prin-
cipal Secretary of State.
for India;
for the Dominion of Canada:

Le Très - Honorable William

Wedgwood Benn, D. S. O.,
D.F.C., M.P.,

M.P.. Son Prin-
cipal Secrétaire d'Etat pour
l'Inde;
pour le Dominion du Ca-

nada: Le Colonel Honorable James

Layton Ralston, C.M.G., D.S.O., K.C., Membre de Son Conseil 'Privé du Canada, Son Ministre de la Défense Nationale;

L'Honorable Philippe Roy,

Membre de Son Conseil
Privé

du Canada, Son
Envoyé Extraordinaire et
Ministre plénipotentiaire en
France pour le Dominion
du Canada;
pour le Commonwealth

d'Australie: L'Honorable James Edward

Fenton, Son Ministre du Commerce et des Douanes; pour le Dominion de la

Nouvelle-Zélande:
M. Thomas Mason Wilford

K.C., Haut-Commissaire du
Dominion de la Nouvelle-
Zélande à Londres;
pour l'Union de l'Afrique

du Sud: M. Charles Theodore te

Water, Haut-Commissaire de l'Union de l'Afrique du Sud à Londres;

pour l'Etat Libre d'Irlande: M. Timothy Aloysius Smiddy,

Haut-Commissaire de l'Etat
Libre d'Irlande à Londres;

Colonel The Honourable

James Layton Ralston,
C. M. G., D.S.O., K. C., &
Member of His Privy
Council for Canada, His
Minister for National De-

fence; The Honourable Philippe Roy,

a Member of His Privy
Council for Canada, His
Envoy Extraordinary and
Minister Plenipotentiary in
France for the Dominion of
Canada;
for the Commonwealth of

Australia:
The Honourable James Edward

Fenton, His Minister for
Trade and Customs;
for the Dominion of New

Zealand:
Thomas Mason Wilford,

Esquire, K.C., High Commissioner for the Dominion of New Zealand in London; for the Union of South

Africa: Charles Theodore te Water,

Esquire, High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa in London;

for the Irish Free State: Timothy Aloysius Smiddy, Es

quire, High Commissioner for the Irish Free State in London;

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