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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
(1937)

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UNITED KINGDOM
  Sir Ronald said that he surmised the delay was due to the fact that
it had been necessary to consult New Zealand and Australia and that,
as we well knew, New Zealand "was sore as a pup" over the Pan
American aircraft contract.8  He said that nothing would be done
without the full and free consent of the New Zealand Government.
  Mr. Moffat pointed out that the islands to which there were con-
flicting claims were not claimed by the New Zealand Government,
either directly or under mandate, but were claimed by "His Majesty's
Government in the United Kingdom". Sir Ronald remarked that
irrespective of that technicality the islands in question were of in-
terest in New Zealand and that the British Government would not
give up one iota of its claims unless New Zealand consented thereto.
Mr. Moffat suggested that in that case New Zealand had a complete
veto power over any negotiations between the British and American
Governments. Sir Ronald replied in the affirmative.
  Mr. Wilson suggested that he thought seven or eight weeks was a
long time to hold up an answer to our inquiry. Sir -Ronald agreed
to write again, but when- pushed to telegraph evinced some reluctance.
It was agreed that the matter would for the present be given no pub-
licity, and that in so far as possible both Governments would endeavor
to work out the questions not through legalistic arguments but through
common sense negotiation. Sir Ronald said he quite agreed, and felt
that we must both prevent what wan a mere pimple from developing
into a boil.
                                             PIERREPONT MOFFAT
 ' The articles of agreement between New Zealand and the Pan American Air-
ways, Inc., were signed November 2, 1935, and extended by New Zealand March
11, 1937 (811. 79690 Pan American Airways/88).
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