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The Chargé in Brazil (Burdett) to the Secretary of State

542. Department’s 352, October 19. The Snapp-Condor Agreement was fully discussed today with General Mendonca Lima, the Minister of Communications. In order to become effective the agreement must be approved by that Ministry. The Minister said that he received the text only this morning and was surprised and annoyed that the Snapp had taken this action without first consulting Rio. He stated categorically that approval would not be given and that he was sending today a telegram in this sense to the director of the Snapp at Pará.

The Minister further said that there is no truth in the report that a German air line has arranged a service from Brazil to Iquitos. He added that the Snapp-Condor Agreement may have given rise to this report.

The Minister reiterated the fixed policy of the Brazilian Government previously reported to the Department to grant no extension [Page 663]of any of the Syndicate Condor’s existing lines. (Embassy’s 529, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.)93 The Syndicato Condor, he stated, has made numerous requests for extensions, including a line to Tabatinga on the Amazon at the Peruvian border, all of which have been turned down.

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