353. Letter From the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson) to Members of the Committee on International Policy in the Marine Environment1 2
FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE:
There is attached for your records a copy of a Draft Resolution on seabed principles which our Delegation to the UN Seabeds Committee has been authorized to use in discussions with other delegations and to draw upon and/or table in the UN Seabeds Committee at a time deemed by our Delegation to be most advantageous, and a copy of an Executive Branch Understanding on Boundary Principle, i.e., paragraph 3.a. of the Draft Resolution.
Agreement on the Executive Branch Understanding was arrived at by discussions between the Department of State and the Departments of Defense, Interior and Commerce following discussions earlier this year in CIPME meetings.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, General Files on NSC Matters, S/S-I Files: Lot 73 D 288, Box 9, NSC/Misc.-Seabed. Limited Official Use;Noforn. A copy was sent to Christopher Phillips at USUN.↩
- As chair of the Committee on International Policy in the Marine Environment, Johnson furnished to the committee a draft resolution on seabed principles to guide the U.S. delegation at the August 1969 UN Seabeds Committee meeting and a memorandum of understanding among Executive Branch agencies concerning the seabed boundary principle.↩