Traman Papers

No. 755
Proposal by the United States Delegation1

Subject: Free and Unrestricted Navigation of International Inland Waterways.

The United States Government proposes that there be free and unrestricted navigation of such inland waterways as border on two or more states and that the regulation of such navigation be provided by international authorities representative of all nations directly interested in navigation on the waterways concerned.

As an initial step there should be set up as soon as possible interim navigation agencies for the Danube and the Rhine. The functions of the interim navigation agencies should be the restoration and development of navigation facilities on the river concerned, the supervision of river activities in the interest of equal treatment for various nationalities and the establishment of uniform regulations concerning use of facilities, rules of navigation, customs and sanitation formalities, and other similar questions. Membership on these agencies should include the United States, the United Kingdom, the U. S. S. R., France, and the sovereign riparian states recognized by these Governments.

  1. Submitted at the Seventh Plenary Meeting, July 23. See ante, p. 304.