741.5127/3: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom ( Johnson )2

13. Your unnumbered despatch of December 21, transmitting copies of Anglo-French exchange of notes regarding aerial navigation in the Antarctic.3

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You are accordingly requested to communicate the following note to the Foreign Office:

“I have the honor to refer to the recently published exchange of notes, dated October 25, 1938, between His Majesty’s Governments in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Australia, and New Zealand, and the French Government, through which an agreement has been reached between the Governments mentioned regarding aerial navigation in the Antarctic.

I have now been instructed by my Government to inform you that the United States reserves all rights which it or its citizens may have with respect to the question of aerial navigation in the Antarctic as well as to those questions of territorial sovereignty implicit therein.”

Similar instructions, mutatis mutandis, have been sent to the Embassy at Paris.

Welles
  1. A similar telegram was sent to the Ambassador in France as telegram No. 15, January 6, 5 p.m.
  2. Despatch not printed; for text of exchange of notes, see British Cmd. 5900, Treaty Series No. 73 (1938): Exchange of Notes between His Majesty’s Governments in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand and the French Government regarding Aerial Navigation in the Antarctic, Paris, October 25, 1938.