Memorandum by Mr. F. Garner Ranney of the Office of British Commonwealth and Northern European Affairs2
Subject: British Proposal for Informal Talks re Territorial Waters
In discussing the British request for informal conversations regarding the present state of international law relating to territorial waters, reported in Mr. Chapman’s memorandum of June 5,3 it appeared desirable to have further clarification of British thinking and intentions on this matter. Accordingly I took up one or two points informally with Mr. Tebbit of the British Embassy,4 who thereupon volunteered to state the substance of his instructions in a personal letter. In doing so, he wished me to point out that this information was for our confidential use only, was based largely on very informal communications received by the Embassy from the Foreign Office, and must not be taken as any definitive or official statement of the British position.
It will be noted that the proposed talks would deal chiefly with the question of the three-mile limit and policies which might be [Page 1686]adopted by the British, or jointly by the British and United States Governments, to uphold this limit. The Embassy, however, like BNA, is under the impression that the general state of international law and individual national practices relating to territorial waters would probably come under review in the course of such conversations.
A copy of Mr. Tebbit’s letter is attached.
- Files of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Special Political Functions, Department of State.↩
- Addressed to Wilbert M. Chapman of the Office of the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Fisheries and Wildlife (U/FW); Henry R. Labouisse, Jr., Director, Planning Staff, Bureau of European Affairs; Edward G. Miller, Jr., Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs; Livingston T. Merchant, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs; Raymond A. Hare, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs; John O’Gara, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs; Jack B. Tate, Deputy Legal Adviser.↩
- Memorandum not found in Department of State files.↩
- Donald C. Tebbit, Second Secretary, British Embassy.↩
- Legal Adviser, British Foreign Office.↩