The British Embassy to the Department of State
Reference is made to the State Department’s Aide-Mémoire dated December 20th, 1951,1 on the subject of the United Kingdom’s recommendations for action to suppress contraband arms traffic in South East Asia.
- In this Aide-Mémoire it was stated that the Government of the United States would be glad to give consideration to detailed proposals for an approach on this subject to other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.), the Commonwealth countries which are not members of the N.A.T.O., and to the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden.
- As regards the other members of the N.A.T.O., there is annexed a draft memorandum setting forth the lines on which this question might, in Her Majesty’s Government’s view, profitably be handled by the N.A.T.O. This memorandum is in the form of an Anglo-United States-French submission which might, if convenient, be made to the Council of the N.A.T.O.
- As regards the question of non-Commonwealth countries outside the
N.A.T.O., notably Switzerland and
Sweden, Her Majesty’s Government propose the following procedure:
The United Kingdom, United States and French Governments should exchange or furnish all information available to them about proposed shipments of arms and military equipment to South East Asia from either Switzerland or Sweden—or from any other non-N.A.T.O., non-Commonwealth countries—and agree to make joint representations to the country concerned where it is their common view that the proposed arms shipment is undesirable or excessive. The United Kingdom Government would propose, when the procedure is agreed, to make a suitable approach to the non-N.A.T.O. countries of the Commonwealth.
- Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom would be glad to know the views of the United States Government on the foregoing proposals and on the draft memorandum referred to in paragraph 3 above and annexed to this Aide-Mémoire.