The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Guatemala ( O’Donoghue )

No. 204

Sir: The Department has received the Legation’s despatch No. 664 of May 29, 1935, in further relation to the correspondence exchanged with the Guatemalan authorities in an effort to reach an understanding in regard to the right of entry of civil aircraft under the terms of the Habana Convention on Commercial Aviation.

It is observed that the authorities of the Government of Guatemala have accepted the procedure proposed by the Government of the United States regarding the right of aircraft of either country to enter territory of the other country on pleasure or tourist flights, subject to an amendment proposed by the Guatemalan authorities to the effect that American aircraft making flights to Guatemala must land at an airport of entrance unless prior authorization to land elsewhere is obtained from the Ministry of Fomento. You may inform the Guatemalan authorities that this amendment is entirely acceptable to the Government of the United States, and that a communication in the language of the draft appearing in the note of May 27, 1935, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been sent to the Department of Commerce with the request that the authorities of this Government concerned with the entry of foreign civil aircraft be appropriately informed as to the right of Guatemalan civil aircraft to enter the United States on pleasure or tourist flights without obtaining authorization for each flight. It is suggested that you request that the [Page 229] appropriate Guatemalan authorities be informed of the conditions under which American civil aircraft may enter Guatemalan territory, if such information has not already been conveyed to them.

The Department takes this occasion to express its appreciation of the very effective assistance rendered by the Legation in reaching an understanding with the Guatemalan authorities regarding the right of entry under the Habana Convention on Commercial Aviation.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles