No. 690
Editorial Note

Immediately after the Icelandic presidential elections on June 29, Minister Lawson, in compliance with his instructions of June 20 (see footnote 2, supra), initiated informal discussions with the Icelandic authorities concerning the acquisition by the United States of additional base rights in Iceland. These discussions, which were carried on primarily by Minister Lawson with occasional assistance from such persons as Secretary of the Air Force Finletter, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Huggins, General J. Lawton Collins (see the memorandum of conversation, infra), and certain lesser officers from the Air Force and Navy, continued into early 1953. Documentation concerning the discussions is in file 711.56340B.