12 MAY 1923, Page 1

Both statements were couched in the language of regretful reproof

; but both made it clear that, in spite of what had happened, the British Government was very anxious to keep the door open. It was hinted that the Italian Government, whose wishes coincided with those of Great Britain, would be willing to help in further negotiations. Naturally, one hopes that the enormously successful visit of the King and Queen to Italy will help through the extremely friendly atmosphere which it is creating, though the King will not say a word (whatever foreign countries may expect) except on the advice of his- Ministers. The next move of the British Government will be to state its own views in answer to the German Note..