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Internal discussion on Pacific island sovereignty, December 7 1936

Internal discussion on Pacific island sovereignty (multiple authors). Includes HMG strategy to keep Christmas Island, submission of minutes of meeting to the Warren Fisher Committee, consequences of attaching the Phoenix Group islands to the Gilbert and Ellice islands on 'unattached' and 'unoccupied' islands e.g. US or Japanese claiming ownership, abandoning these islands should be deliberate acts by HMG, impact of US press investigations on HMG's acts, engage the New Zealand Government to jointly administer these islands (such as Malden, Starbuck, Flint, Caroline, Vostok and Pitcairn islands), include the FO in policymaking on island matters, possible buy-out of commercial use of Christmas Island by a US company, and discussion of trans-Pacific civil aviation stopping off at Fiji and other Pacific islands and the need for HMG to consolidate sovereignty of Hull and Christmas islands.
Item Type: Minutes
Date: 7 December 1936
Title of document: Internal discussion on Pacific island sovereignty
Authors or Creators: Illegible (multiple authors) (UK Colonial Office Officials)
Recipients: Maffey, John (UK Colonial Office Official) and Illegible (multiple authors) ()
Places: The Americas > North America > United of States of America
Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom
Oceania > Micronesia > *British Western Pacific Territories (British colony) [SOME ISLANDS UNDER DISPUTE BETWEEN UK AND USA]
Oceania > Australasia > New Zealand
Reference: CO 323/ 1402/ 2 - Sovereignty and strategic importance of Pacific islands: suitability as air bases
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