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Reply of Soviet Government
to telegram of Chairman of the Committee of League of Nations

On December, 12 the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs received from the Geneva (Switzerland) the telegram from from mr. da Mata, the Chairman of the Committee by the Finnish question of the Assembly of League of Nations:
"The Committee set up by the Assembly, which is seized in virtue of Article 15 of the Covenant, addresses an urgent appeal to the Government of the U.S.S.R. and to the Finnish Government to cease hostilities and open immediate negotiations through the mediation of the Assembly with a view to restoring peace. Finland, which is present, accepts. Should be grateful if you would inform me before tomorrow (Tuesday) evening if the Government of the U.S.S.R. is prepared to accept this appeal and cease hostilities forthwith. José Caeiro da Mata, Chairman of the Committee"

On the same day – December 12, V.M.Molotov on behalf of the Soviet Government replied to mr. da Mata as follows:
"The Government of the U.S.S.R. thanks you, mr, Chairman, for kind invitation to take part in discussion of the Finnish question. At the same time, the Government of the U.S.S.R. begs to inform you that it cannot accept this invitation for the reasons set out in the telegram of December 4th from the Commissariat for Foreign Affairs sent in reply to Monsieur Avenol's communication. Molotov".

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