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The Promotion of Peace

    Naturevolume 140pages185186 (1937) | Download Citation



    A petition to His Majesty's Government has been signed by a large number of distinguished people urging the Government to seek to avert the calamity of war by promoting an international inquiry into the fundamental causes of rivalry and unrest among the nations. The petition urges His Majesty's Ministers to take the initiative in this matter by inviting all other fully self-governing States, Dominions or Colonies to combine with Great Britain on equal terms in setting up expert commissions to ascertain and report upon the basic facts in regard to such questions as access to raw materials, and world markets, colonial development and the problem of surplus populations, foreign loans and credits, trade restrictions and international exchange. The signatories affirm their belief that if Great Britain showed an earnest desire to solve these problems, with full and impartial consideration of all just claims, her example would encourage the establishment of confidence and good will among the peoples of the world.

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