832.796/253: Telegram

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

418. Your 594, November 18, 11 a.m. The Department is investigating availability of equipment for Vasp, but this Government cannot assist in its acquisition and probably would not permit its exportation unless German influence and management in Vasp is eliminated.

In the light of Department’s instruction no. 801 of July 30, 1940, please report whether in your opinion Aranha would be agreeable to a plan whereby in return for elimination of German influence and management in Vasp, this Government would undertake to make equipment available either to Vasp or to a qualified American carrier which would obtain a management contract. If an American air carrier is permitted to replace the German management and influence in Vasp, this Government would be prepared also to arrange with the carrier for (1) the extension of services (2) the training of Brazilian personnel for eventual complete management of the operations.