811.34537/420: Telegram

The Ambassador in Cuba ( Braden ) to the Secretary of State

588. My telegram No. 584, July 17, 10 p.m. Cortina’s note regarding development of the San Julián airport has now been received, in the form described in my telegram under reference and my acceptance note will constitute the agreement. Copies of the note will be sent Department by airmail tomorrow.37 The only additions introduced by Minister of State are:

Reaffirmation Cuban sovereignty;
Flying of Cuban flag in preferential position;
United States jurisdiction in area to be purely military and endure until 6 months after end of war.

It is suggested that supplies and equipment in connection with San Julián be sent in the name of our Government to expedite free entry and handling on arrival (instead of consigned to Pan American Airways or its local subsidiary).

Has the War Department given consideration to subsequently using at San Julián machinery and equipment now arriving in substantial volume for San Antonio de los Baños project?

  1. In despatch No. 482, July 20, 1942, not printed.