It is dated Gwydyr House, Whitehall, S.W.l, April 26, 1944, and reads: My dear Clarence,
Many thanks for your cable of 10th April and your letter of 11th April. By this time you will have had the detailed summary of our discussions with Berle which was sent by cable.
So far the Russians do not seem to have arrived in Washington. I shall look forward to an account of your meeting with them. Three points emerge from our discussions with the Americans:
(i) The Americans have accepted, as a basis for negotiation, the subcommittee report on international control, which resulted from our commonwealth conversations.
(ii) The subject of air bases and their post-war use has yet to be discussed.
(iii) We are agreed on the principle of colonial cabotage. That is, a nation has rights of cabotage on all airlines to and within its colonies and dependencies.
Post-War Civil Aviation
We had hoped to carry the Americans with us on the structure of your draft convention. We went through it with them line by line, but they felt that they had so many reservations to make that it could not be taken as a basis. Instead we adopted the commonwealth report which, as you know, contains the same general provisions in a flexible form.
Berle has agreed with me a more detailed statement which I will give in the House of Lords in answer to a question on the conference. The agreed statement runs as follows:
You will not ask me to re-read the quotation which was the official statement?