The Ambassador in Brazil ( Berle ) to the Secretary of State

No. 2803

Sir: In connection with the gradual withdrawal of American troops from Brazilian airfields and bases now operated by them, I [Page 633] have the honor to report that I have delivered two memoranda, copies of which are attached,47 to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The first of these gives confidential information as to the plan under which the United States Army Forces, South Atlantic, are presently proceeding, and calls attention to certain interests which of record correspond to Pan Air do Brasil, and which should be protected.

The second memorandum proposes that the Brazilian Government now appoint its members of the technical commission for the conservation of airports contemplated under the Brazilian-American agreement transmitted to the Department by Ambassador Caffery on June 14, 1944.

Both of these memoranda were worked out in conjunction with General Wooten as a result of his recent conference in Washington and were based on his statements of the policy arrived at as a result of these discussions.

I should add that the method of handling seems to be the only practicable line to adopt under all the circumstances. My understanding is that, though the information as to policy comes through the War Department, the procedure was approved by the State Department prior to General Wooten’s return.

Respectfully yours,

A. A. Berle, Jr.
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