810.20 Defense/2481: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Paraguay (Frost)

123. Your 161, April 21, 4 p.m. The War Department has reached an agreement with Pan American Airways whereby Pan American Airways grants the use of airports constructed with United States Government funds to United States public aircraft and certified United States civil aircraft for the duration of the present emergency. The Department believes that phraseology such as the following, to which Young of PAA has agreed, in whatever contract may be necessary between the Paraguayan Government and Pan American Airways, will be desirable both from the point of view of Paraguay and the United States:

“The use of the airport shall be restricted to airlines owned, operated and effectively controlled by citizens of the American republics who subscribe to the Declaration of Lima.”5

The Department does not wish, of course, to exclude friendly airlines owned or operated by citizens of any of the American republics from the use of airfields constructed wholly or substantially with U.S. Government funds.

  1. December 24, 1938; for text, see Report of the Delegation of the United States of America to the Eighth International Conference of American States, Lima, Peru, December 927, 1938 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1941), p. 189.