811.203/235: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt (Kirk)

278. Your 341, February 15 and 352, February 16. This Government desires exclusive jurisdiction in criminal matters over members of its armed forces. However, as regards civilians attached to such armed forces, the formula set forth in your no. 81 of January 15 is satisfactory, that is, this Government would be prepared to agree to allow the Egyptian Government to decide in each case where a civilian is Charged with a criminal offense whether he should be tried by the mixed courts or by American military tribunals.