U.S. Delegation Files: Lot 53–D407: Folder “Delegation Working Papers and Documents”

Minutes of the Thirteenth Meeting of the United States Delegation, Hamilton, Bermuda, January 28, 1946, 9:15 a.m.


I. Bases. Mr. Norton,25 Chairman of the Bases Committee, reviewed the status of his Committee pointing out that there were now six points at issue whereas previous to Mr. Bigg’s arrival, there had been only three points at issue. The six points were:

Cabotage. (It was decided to compromise on persons travelling on Government business rather than hold out for the right to transport all U.S. citizens.)
Fifth Freedom Traffic between the Bases.
Atkinson Field, British Guiana. (The British wish to have Mackenzie Field the principal airport.)
Corresponding Traffic Eights.
Sale of Supplies on Bases.
The Four Bases in Newfoundland. (It was decided that the U.S. Delegation position should be that a Bases Agreement could not be signed until the Newfoundland Bases question was settled to the satisfaction of the United States.)26

  1. Garrison Norton, Deputy Chairman of the United States Delegation.
  2. It was decided by the Delegation at its meeting on January 29 to draft and attach to the Final Act a letter stating that “In signing the agreement it is understood that it will not be put into effect until the question of the four bases in Newfoundland and Labrador are settled to the satisfaction of the United States.” (U.S. Delegation Files, Minutes of 15th Meeting of the U.S. Delegation, January 29, 1946, 9:30 a.m.)