800.24/5–346: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in New Zealand (Warren)

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171. ReDept’s 162 of Apr 27.48 Areas in South Pacific named below subject to pending negotiations for long-term base rights with the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Exclusive rights are desired at Canton, Christmas, and Funafuti; joint rights with other Govt concerned are desired at Manus, Western Samoa, Tarawa, Guadacanal-Tulagi, Espiritu Santo, Nandi. Clause with respect to communication, air navigation, warning and weather reporting systems in documents given United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand as basis for conversations asks rights to install, maintain, operate and control such facilities both in base area and at locations in the general vicinity of it.

Dept will telegraph further details on this subject if Legation feels information now available to it and FLC representatives is not adequate. It should be borne in mind that no approach has yet been made to French Govt with respect sites desired in New Hebrides or elsewhere in French colonial territory.

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