579.6AE1/60: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State

287. From Williamson and Kennedy. Embassy’s 283, March 1, 1 p.m.5 Convention concerning exemptions for aircraft fuel was [Page 36] signed ad referendum last evening by the representatives of principal powers including Germany and Italy, Japan not being represented. The Ambassador signed in behalf of the United States. The French text alone is authentic.

Because of last minute amendments to article 4, made necessary by the adoption of a single authentic text, there will be some delay in forwarding definitive text of the convention.6 Copies of the uncorrected text will be sent by Queen Mary sailing March 3.

Practically all the amendments proposed by the United States, in accordance with the Department’s instruction dated January 27, 1939, were accepted by the conference in one form or another. The proposed extensions outlined in the Department’s 56 of January 21, 1 p.m., are incorporated in the form of recommendations. [Williamson and Kennedy.]

  1. Not printed.
  2. The text of this convention is published as British Cmd. 6001, Misc. No. 7 (1939): International Conference for the Exemption from Taxation for Liquid Fuel and Lubricants Used in Air Traffic, Final Act and Convention, London, March 1, 1939. This convention was not submitted by the President to the Senate of the United States for advice and consent to ratification; it was not ratified by any of the other signatory powers, and therefore did not enter into effect.