The Embassy in the United Kingdom to the British Foreign Office 1
The American Embassy refers to recent discussions with the Foreign Office concerning the joint course of action with respect to civil aviation policy toward the USSR and its satellites.2 There is attached [Page 26] in this connection the text of a document which the Department of States proposes to use as a basis for instructions to certain United States Missions. The United States Government hopes that His Majesty’s Government will find itself in agreement with the policy set forth in this statement.
If such agreement is reached, it is proposed that the substance of this statement be transmitted by the two Governments to the United Kingdom and United States Missions concerned. In this way, it should prove possible to avoid differences in understanding and interpretation by such Missions in explaining the joint course of action to third governments.
- The source text was sent to Washington under cover of a letter of May 9, 1950, from Ernest A. Lister, Civil Air Attaché with the Embassy in the United Kingdom, to Thomas A. Carter, Chief of the Aviation Policy Staff, Office of Transport and Communications Policy, not printed, which explained that this memorandum and the enclosure would be handed to the Foreign Office on either May 9 or May 10.↩
- Telegram 203, January 17, to London, not printed, requested the Embassy to inform the appropriate British officials of the finalization of the revised United States civil aviation policy toward the U.S.S.R. and its satellites (NSC 15/3, January 5, p. 1) and to urge British approval thereof (611.6094/1–1750). Telegram 696, February 7, from London, not printed, reported that the Embassy had, as instructed, given to the British Foreign Office the text of the Recommendations 12–16 of NSC 15/3, and the British had commented in a letter of February 3 that they were in general agreement with American views (611.6094/2–750). Some differences of opinion between American and British officials regarding the interpretation of the new policy remained, however, and were the subject of subsequent discussions.↩
- According to the letter of May 9 from Lister to Carter, cited in footnote 1, above, this paper was derived from a “background summary” prepared in the Department of State and sent to Lister under cover of a letter of February 16 from Carter, neither printed.↩
- Foreign Relations, 1948, vol. iv, p. 451.↩
- January 5, p. 1.↩