851.00/5–245: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Armour) to the Secretary of State

920. Following the conversation with the Under Secretary reported in my telegram No. 918 the Foreign Minister telephoned me to confirm that all those aboard plane, with the exception of Madame Laval, are being confined in the fortress of Monjuich and will be held “as prisoners” at the disposition of the Allied Governments. He expressed the hope that an early decision might be reached by our Governments as to what we wished to have done with them.

I suggested to Lequeriea that in their own interest I thought it would be advisable for the Spanish Government to issue a clear statement to the press stating the position they had taken in this matter, as rumors were already circulating and I thought that it was important that the facts be authoritatively stated.

Repeated to Lisbon as 88, Tangier as 43 and Paris as 181.