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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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811.0141 Phoenix Group/16: Telegram
  The Vice Consd at Wellington (Lane) to the Secretary of State
                              WELLINGTON, August 27, 1937-5 p. m.
                                  [Received August 27-6: 25 a. m.]
  Press-report from Suva dated August 27th states that British naval
vessel Leith left there for Canton Island at 7:30 p. m., August 26th
taking 2 radio operators, building material and equipment for the
establishment of a wireless station on the island.82
811.0141 Phoenix Group/23j
        The Briti8h Charge (Mallet) to the Secretary of State
No. 360                             WASHINGToN, October 20, 1937.
  Sm: With reference to the note which you were so good as to ad-
dress to Sir Ronald Lindsay on the 9th August last, I have the honour
to inform you, on the instructions of His Majesty's Principal Secre-
tary of State for Foreign Affairs, that His Majesty's Government in
the United Kingdom deeply appreciate the offer of the United States
Government to discuss with them the question of conflicting claims
to ownership of various islands in the Pacific, and that they are ready
to enter upon such discussions.
  In view, however, of the facts that not only were the Phoenix
Group of islands incorporated in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Col-
ony by Orders-in-Council of the 18th March, 1937, but that His
Majesty's Government were already in effective possession of Canton
and Hull Islands before the receipt of the proposal conveyed in your
note under reference, they can only regard the Group as definitely
British territory, and they would accordingly be unable, in participat-
ing in the discussions referred to above, to include in them the question
of the islands of that Group.
  Subject to this reservation, His Majesty's Government readily agree
that, pending the outcome of such discussions as have been suggested,
neither Government should take any action which would render ad-
justments of any conflicting claims more difficult.
  I have [etc.]                                   V. A. S. MALLET
  ' In his telegram of September 22, 1937, 4 p. m., the Vice Consul at Wellington
stated that press despatches confirmed the establishment of a two-way short
wave radio station In the charge of two operators, on August 31 (811.0141
Phoenix Group/20).

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