Sir HERBERT AMES:
The sessions of
the Council of the League of Nations usually take place about a month apart. From four to eight days are devoted to a session. Generally they sit perhaps one or two days in secret session, and then they hold a public session. The votes are always taken at a public session. At this session the rapporteur presents the resolution that has been agreed upon and makes a statement in support of it. Usually the public sessions are social functions, there being generally present several ambassadors and a certain
number of the public-in fact, any one who desires to be present can attend so far as the limited space will allow. Generally fifty or sixty newspaper men are present to report all the details that are given. The private meetings are of a more or less informal character, and they are considered to be absolutely necessary in order that there may be the utmost freedom of discussion among the representatives. I have been able to attend several private meetings when I presented my budget, or where there has been discussion on some matter that required financing, and I have been struck, as I said in my speech, with the determination to always artive at a unanimous agreement. I have seen a question brought up that developed a very considerable difference of opinion, I have seen it discussed for an hour and then withdrawn, the Chairman saying, "Gentlemen, you have had an opportunity of hearing all the different points of view. We will take this question up again the day after tomorrow." When the question came up again it would be considerably amended, and in its amended form it would show evidence of an attempt to meet the different points of view. Perhaps that question would come up at three or four successive meetings until finally it was presented in such shape that it would be passed unanimously, and then action wcjuld follow.
Topic: COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE