The Assistant Legal Adviser for European Affairs (Yingling) to Mr. Edwin D. Dickinson

My Dear Professor Dickinson: We have now received the information from the British Embassy referred to in my letter of July 28, 19501 with relation to informal conversations with the British concerning territorial waters.

The Embassy’s letter reads as follows:

  • “The Foreign Office were glad to learn of your willingness to engage in informal talks with Sir Eric Beckett or Professor Waldock on the subject of Territorial Waters.
  • “2. I am afraid, however, that September will be too early for the talks because, to their regret, neither Sir Eric Beckett nor Professor Waldock will have time to come to Washington until the British reply in the Norwegian case has been deposited with the International Court of Justice. This would mean, I am afraid, that November would be the earliest possible date for the talks. What is more, we are not yet sure whether Professor Waldock will be able to get away until the end of the Christmas term at Oxford. The Foreign Office are checking this and have promised to write to us again soon when they hope to suggest an alternative date.”

When we have more definite information concerning this matter I I shall again communicate with you.

Sincerely yours,

Raymund T. Yingling
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