857.9243/11–3045: Telegram

The Ambassador in Norway (Osborne) to the Secretary of State

725. ReEmbs 700, November 24, and No. 1 [12] to Moscow; reEmbs 704, November 26, and No. 14 to Moscow. Subsequent to receipt of Department’s No. 498, November 27, but before I saw Lie today I received from him the promised letter supplementary to aide-mémoire of November 22. Letter recapitulates communications between this Embassy and Norwegian naval authorities of May and July and “confesses” that in “confusion” attendant upon return of Government to Oslo these did not become known to Foreign Affairs. Letter then states Lie is happy to learn these facts and also information given by me on 26th (see first paragraph Department’s No. 490, November 23) that recent change of American personnel on Jan Mayen Island was an ordinary routine matter; but he hopes negotiations (for transfer of installations, etc.) foreseen in original exchange of notes can now be started in Oslo.

Full text being airmailed.80 Copies given to Soviet and British Ambassadors by Lie (see also my No. 724, November 30).

Sent to Department as 725; repeated to Moscow as 16.

  1. Airgram A–145, December 3, 1945, from Oslo, not printed.