The Minister in Guatemala (Hanna) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 7.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 180, of April 6, 1935, in further relation to the interpretation of Article 4 of the Habana Convention on Commercial Aviation, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of my note No. 24 of April 23, 1935,9 presenting the Department’s views for the consideration of the Guatemalan authorities.
As I had good reason to believe that those authorities would not recede from the position they had taken in the matter of the interpretation of the Convention, I endeavored to reach an understanding, as authorized in the instruction under reference, whereby the procedure already agreed upon by the two Governments with regard to the entry of pleasure or tourist aircraft might be given effect without the necessity of entering into a further discussion as to the interpretation of the Articles of the Convention. I did point out, however, that the Government of the United States does not agree with the view of this Government that a procedure by which private aircraft of either country shall be permitted to enter the other country without a special authorization for each flight would constitute a special agreement under Article XXX of the Habana Convention. I also made what I considered a suitable reservation concerning a possible further discussion at some subsequent time of the interpretation of the Articles of the Convention.
I now have this Government’s reply embodied in Foreign Office note No. 6173 of May 27, 1935, a copy and translation of which are transmitted herewith. The reply accepts our proposed draft of identical communications for putting the procedure into effect, with a minor addition which I presume will be acceptable to the Department.
The Legation will await the Department’s further instructions in the matter.