859A.20/170: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Iceland (MacVeagh)

125. Legation’s 198, April 13, 5 p.m. Department agrees with the suggestion in the last paragraph of your message. This would recognize the right of reversion to immovable installations, and should provide for post-war most-favored-nation’s rights as well as national treatment for our own aviation interests. Reservation should be made of right to discuss the whole question of military and commercial landing rights with the Icelandic Government at the close of the war in the light of conditions as they may then exist. Please report immediately should the Icelandic Government evidence any reluctance to agree to the foregoing as the War Department has stressed the urgent need for the land in question.