The Origins of the League of Nations, 1916–18
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The Union sent a statement to the League Assembly describing it as 'the great advance towards permanent peace achieved by the general recognition that arbitration, security and disarmament go hand in hand'. The Geneva Protocol amended the Covenant's provision relating to the policing of demilitarised zones, but did not address British security priorities such as the defence of the Channel ports. The new Foreign Secretary, Austen Chamberlain, was passionate about his role as a conduit in Anglo-French relations, especially over issues concerning security and disarmament. Cecil also shared Churchill's view that there was little evidence that it was necessary to provide France with additional security guarantees beyond those afforded by the League. Cecil was also pleased that the security pact that emanated from the Locarno Conference of October 1925 was lauded as a step towards the creation of an international convention dedicated to peace as conceived by Article 8 of the Covenant.