28th August, 1928 : Another big step towards ensuring peace in Europe was taken today when delegates of 15 countries, meeting in the French foreign Ministry in Paris, signed a pact for the Renunciation of War. First to sign, using a large gold pen, was Gustav Stresemann, the German Foreign Minister, who was loudly cheered. The pact is largely the work of Frank Kellog, US Secretary of State, in collaboration with Aristide Briand, the French Foreign Minister. France is particularly gratified at having persuaded the Americans to take part, since the failure to join the League of Nations has seriously weakened that organisation’s credibility.

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