File No. 763.72/1992B

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany ( Gerard )

[Telegram]

1968. Your 2586, July 15, 7 p. m.1 Have indicated to you unwillingness of this Government to enter into any modus vivendi. It is entirely a question of principle which does not admit of compromise, since that would affect the freedom of American citizens to traverse the high seas to which they are entitled as a matter of right. In your conversations with Foreign Office avoid giving hope that your Government might consider any form of compromise.

Lansing
  1. Ante, p. 474.