The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Bevin) to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Byrnes: With reference to the private conversations which we have had in Paris51 on the subject of bases I have now received [Page 43]from the Cabinet the enclosed statement of the position of His Majesty’s Government.
This statement represents the considered view of His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and of the Australian and New Zealand Governments.
I think it well to let you have this statement in order that our position should be clear. I earnestly hope that even yet, in spite of difficulties, we shall be able to make progress. I am asked to assure you that these Governments are anxious to get to grips with this question and reach agreement.
- The Council of Foreign Ministers met in Paris for the second session, first part, from April 25 to May 15, 1946.↩