859A.6363/32: Telegram

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

52. Legation’s 52, January 29. Department is informed by Navy that Naval Commandant in Iceland has been instructed to reduce prices of petroleum deliveries to substantially equal those charged by British deliveries prior to September 1942.

The Minister of Iceland here, upon being informed of this concession, now asks that the Navy refund any monies paid between September and the present time, in excess of the former British rate. He was told that decision to do this would have to originate with the Naval Commandant in Iceland in as much as latter is most familiar with the facts and the accounting complications involved.