740.00119 (Potsdam)/7–2545

No. 1372
United States Delegation Working Paper1


Subject: Free and Unrestricted Navigation of International Inland Waterways.


With respect to the Straits, the three States here represented are in accord that passage through these waterways should be free and unrestricted at all times, in war and in peace, to the vessels of commerce and of war of all nations. In order to assure this complete freedom of transit, the three States are of the view that there should be no fortifications of any kind along the Straits, and freedom of transit should be guaranteed by the United Nations Organization. The Three States will support the foregoing policy in any revision of the Montreux Convention of 1936, and will recommend its adoption by Turkey and the other States properly concerned.

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  2. For the other paragraphs of this working paper, see document No. 757.