He also hinted that Britain would give up its right to land pensions, but he warned that there could be no division scheme without the support of the majority in Northern Ireland. As early as 1938, it was clear that the Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera, wanted to try to keep Ireland out of the coming war. He had been totally disillusioned by the League of Nations. In the improvement of the political climate between Britain and Ireland, the heads of state and government of the two countries met to negotiate. Ireland and Great Britain agreed that any change in the status of Northern Ireland would only be possible with the agreement of the majority of the population of Northern Ireland and an Intergovernmental Conference was established to examine the political, security and legal relations between the two parts of the island.