The Ambassador in France (Bruce) to the Secretary of State
3479. Please pass immediately Navy for CNO and Air Force for McCone. This message transmits proposed text Port Lyautey agreement. Subsequent message will contain Air Force Moroccan bases agreement which though of necessity differently organized since Air Force must cover certain matters covered for Navy in 1947 agreement exactly parallels Lyautey agreement wherever applicable.
Please note that paragraph 9 reference customs exemption is subject to modification and possibly even reduction to “best efforts” clause depend results further Foreign Office and Treasury exploration as well as previously reported. Secondly, we have tentatively agreed that duration of agreement as established paragraph 3 will be adjusted by exchange of notes so to conform with whatever shorter period, if any, NATO Council may recommend in blanket “facilities interchange” resolution still under consideration by deputies; Text follows:
- The Government of the USA and the Government of the French Republic having agreed to enlarge the naval and air installations of the US Navy at Port Lyautey in order to facilitate the common defense within the framework of the North Atlantic Pact, agree to complement the technical agreement of 15 September 1947, relative to this base in order to permit new construction and an increased use of facilities.1
- The technical agreements to be made in implementation of this agreement will be worked out by the navies of the two countries. The terms of the present agreement which may be in conflict with the terms [Page 1765] of the agreement of 15 September 1947 shall prevail. Cases of disagreement will be submitted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy.
- The present agreement will remain in effect during the period of the validity of the North Atlantic Treaty, unless the two governments decide beforehand to terminate it by mutual consent, such decision being particularly appropriate upon advice of the North Atlantic Council.
- In witness whereof the respective plenipotentiaries have affixed their signatures and seals to the present agreement.
Done in duplicate in English and French, the two texts equally valid. At Paris December—, 1950.[Page 1768]
- With the signature of the Line of Communication Agreement in Paris on November 6 between representatives of the United States and France, efforts were initiated to reach agreement with France regarding U.S. military projects in Morocco. (Telegram 2623, from Paris, November 10, 711.56371/11–1050)↩
- The Department of State desired that the last seven words of paragraph 6 be omitted since it was feared that they would abrogate U.S. treaty rights as applied to American contractors. If the omitted words were not agreed to by the French, then the Department recommended that an agreed minute be exchanged at the time of the signing making the positions of the two governments clear on this issue. (Memorandum of conversation by Raymond T. Yingling, December 20, 711.56371A/12–2050).↩
- In telegram 3334, to Paris, December 19, the Department of State informed the Embassy in Paris that the Air Force, Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Department of State concurred in the texts of the agreements as transmitted in telegrams 3479 and 3480 from Paris, December 17, and gave the Embassy authority to sign the agreements. The Department of State qualified its concurrence pending amendment of paragraph 6 as discussed in the preceding footnote. (711.56371/12–1950) The two agreements were signed in Paris on December 22 according to telegram 3590, from Paris, December 22. (711.56371/12–2250)↩